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Saturday, 10 May 2014


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This is not original, but it is good if you get it:

There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.

That's the best of the year, maybe the decade.

Reminds me of my favourite geek joke:

"There are 10 types of people in this world: those that can read binary, and those that can't."

It's pretty niche I'll admit.

In the same vein...

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary and those that don't.

I've always enjoyed Robert Benchley's take on the form:

"There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t.”

Wow, everybody loving the binary version! My favorite version is "...those who divide everything into two groups, and those who don't."

There are two types of people reading this blog. One of them is way too much in to "binary" numbers... the other "tries" to stay in-active.

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.”

― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

So what's the other type?

I thought someone else might post the binary joke, but I couldn't resist anyway.

Do I get a prize for being first?

-- jim

So much for binary geek jokes ... Anyone got something in hexadecimal?

That's asciing too much for me.

Three kinds of people…those who can count and those who can't.


There are three types of people in this world: those who can count, and those who can't.

My mother warned me about people who tell nerdy jokes.

There are two types of people in the world; those who separate people into two classes, and those who do not.

...or, I can identify two birds with assurance. One of them is a cardinal, and the other one isn't.

With best regards,


IO IO it's off to work......

Shouldn't it be: "There are two types of people in the world.
1. Those who can't extrapolate from incomplete information." ?

Well, I was going to send you my 10 types of people joke, but... now I've got nuthin'.

Enough with the binary. I like yours - or should I say Froehlich's daughter's - better.

100 comments thus far.

apparently there are 11 kinds of people in the world...

There are two types of people in the world. Those that enjoy redundant binary jokes and those who don't.

There are two types of people in the world, those that remember jokes and those that

So far, there are two commenters on this, those who come up with the binary joke and those who don't ...

Speaking of evidence and anecdotes, I just finished watching this last night:


"2. Those who can extrapolate from complete information."

If we are staring on bar jokes: A man walks into a bar. "Ouch" It was an iron bar.

Stephen S. Mack, there are also two sorts of birds that I can identify: L.B.Js, and birds that are not L.B.Js.

L.B.J. = Little Brown Jobs. Most British birds are of this type. : ]

I love these kinds of excursions.

A man was being interviewed for a job as an
accountant with a new firm. Towards the end of the interview he was asked: "What is 2 + 3?"

"Anything you want!"

The man was hired.

Perhaps the four out of three people who don't understand fractions make up the second group...

How about some octal humor? Why do mathematicians (or programmers) always confuse Halloween and Christmas? Because 31 Oct = 25 Dec.

My all-time favorite nerd joke (perhaps tied with Sheldon's "nearest stars" song) has got to be

Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
Are belong to you

All I can say is "Google it".

An artist, a photographer, and a mathematician were on a train heading north, and had just crossed the border into Scotland.

The artist looked out of the window and said "Look! Scottish sheep are black!"

The photographer said, "No, no. Some Scottish sheep are black."

The mathematician looked irritated. "There is at least one field, containing at least one sheep, of which at least one side is black."

Roses are red and Violets are blue
so goes the age old rhyme
but I know Rose's are blue and Violet's are red
I've seen them hanging on the line

(Benny Hill)

More counter intelligence?

OK, if we're off onto obscure bar jokes...

(courtesy of the late, brilliant John M Ford)

Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Godel and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar.

Heisenberg says, "Is this joke funny? I can't tell?"

Godel replies, "That's because we're inside the joke."

To which Chomsky responds."Of course it's funny...

"You're just telling it wrong!"


It's a great social filter. If someone starts giggling at the very first line, they're my kinda people!

pax / Ctein

Alright, one more binary joke.

There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who understand ternary.

There are 10 kinds of people in the world:

Those who do not understand binary.

Those who do understand binary.

Those who understand trinary.

And those who understand recursion.

Walking around the farm with my wife's uncle Jack a few decades ago and we came across a piece of scrap metal in the yard.
Me: "what's that?"
Jack: "Must be off an airplane"
Me: "Why do you say that?"
Jack: "It sure isn't on one".

A more visual nerd joke can be found, even purchased, at :-


Disclaimer - my affiliation is to the UK's IoP, not to aps.org.

Such six as we five there are no four, we three are the two only one.

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