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I've noticed some other SE sites have a canonical "what's you're favorite joke" question in them:

Math Overflow's "Do good math jokes exist?"

Cross Validated's "What is your favorite data analysis cartoon?"

Cross Validated's "Statistics Jokes"

Stack Overflow's "What's your best programmer joke?"

Tex's Latex/Math Jokes

Admittedly, some of these examples are closed as off-topic/non-constructive on their sites. But I think it is worthwhile to put this kind of question on community-wiki, if for no other reason than just to have a little fun.

Would anyone care to share their favorite computational science / scientific computing joke/anecdote/cartoon?

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closed as off-topic by Paul Aug 19 '14 at 5:50

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Does this XKCD classic count? – n.m. Aug 18 '14 at 15:57
Two bits are walking to the ballpark and one bit says to the other bit, "So, how many of us are there?", and the other bit says "One zero", and the first bit says, "I know there's not zero of us! How many are there?", and the other bit says, "ONE ZERO", and the first bit says, "I KNOW THERE'S MORE THAN ZERO OF US HERE! HOW MANY OF US ARE THERE?!", and the other bit says, "I ALREADY TOLD YOU! THERE'S ONE ZERO HERE!!!", and the first bit says, "EITHER YOU'RE CALLING ME A ZERO, OR YOU'RE SAYIN' I AIN'T HERE AT ALL!!", and the other bit says, "Fine. So when we get to the game, who's on first...?". – Bob Jarvis Aug 19 '14 at 2:29
After some consideration and feedback from other sites, i've come to the following conclusion: while questions soliciting jokes on other sites have appeared in the past and have been popular, they are generally closed for one main reason... They are not really reflective of the caliber of question that we desire on the network and keepimg these questions open does not really motivate others to uphold the standards of a good question. – Paul Aug 19 '14 at 5:47
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not reflective of the type of questions that we seek to promote on the SE network. – Paul Aug 19 '14 at 5:50
For those so inclined, humor in Answers which doesn't take away from a substantive problem resolution should be encouraged. – hardmath Aug 24 '14 at 14:03

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When a senior investigator dozed off during a talk at a numerical analysis conference, two junior colleagues behind him snickered: "Another example of the success of over-relaxation."

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Not a true joke, but in grad school, a few of us tried very hard to invent a preconditioner called SHAMPOO.

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"Scalable Hierarchical Algebraic Multigrid Preconditioner of Optimal Order". Now we just need someone to invent some mathematics behind it. – Truman Ellis Aug 18 '14 at 15:57
summoning @jedbrown. – Aron Ahmadia Aug 19 '14 at 1:10

A nice meme of the "What people think I do" variety:

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Did you hear about the finite element analyst who went to jail?

Apparently his methods were a little too coercive!

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For the Big Data enthusiast in us all:

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A numerical analyst decides to break up with her significant other. Years later, she deeply regrets this decision, calling it the greatest truncation error of her life!

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