We’d be lying if we claimed ourselves to be math experts, but we think this math joke is more than decent (it’s legit funny). Here’s the deal: in math, the number zero is also referred to as “nothing.”
Now, as negative numbers only exist below zero, it makes sense for the frightened mathematician to stop at zero – i.e., nothing – to avoid them. As “stopping at nothing” means being willing to do literally everything to achieve something, this pun works really well. We gave it a thumbs up.
The Power of Words
Well, first things first: to get this smart people joke, you should know that etymology is a field in linguistics studying the source of words. Entomology, on the other hand, is the study of insects, which is something entirely different.
This joke makes fun of the fact that both words are so fancy and so similar to one another, that it would take an etymologist – literally specializing in words – to tell the difference between the two. Don’t know 'bout you, but we definitely laughed.
One of the reasons why we loved this joke is that it's not only smart but also contains a socio-political statement. So, just in case you missed the statement, let us have you know that even in this day and age, women make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes.
We think this piece of information makes this joke pretty damn clever, don't you? Now, excuse us while we go ask out boss for a raise.
As quite the language nerds, we really dug this one, but we have to admit one needs some mental health background in order to understand why it's funny.
So, people suffering from kleptomania basically just steal stuff uncontrollably, which is pretty sad, but it's also what drives the pun that's at the base of this joke since kleptomanias always take things – literally. Which means they can't take puns. Because puns are figurative. Yep. That's it.
Consult a Physicist
There aren't many things as nerdy as this joke, and we're willing to bet a good deal of our money on it (but that's not a lot). Even non-scientists would know that Einstein, Newton, and Pascal were all famous physicists.
But how does that explain the punchline here? Well, both Newton and Pascal have pressure measuring units named after them. The rule is: one pascal equals one newton of force over an area of one square meter (please don't ask us to repeat this, because we can't). The funny is clear now, isn't it?