This one’s a pretty straightforward one if you ask us (pun intended). So, when you ask a rhetorical question, this means you want to make a certain point, but you’re not actually looking to get an answer for what you just asked.
So this joke is actually the love child of a rhetorical question and a joke. Got it? Don’t answer that.
Okay, since we're pretty sure most of you have never heard of Boolean logic before, let us explain: In Boolean logic, you only use the words "and" "or" and "not" in order to determine any possible outcome.
So, when you think of it this way, it makes perfect sense for the answer to the question "Is it a boy or a girl?" to be "Yes" (rather than "a boy" or "a girl"). Because, well, it really is either a boy or girl, you know?
Obviously, a classics professor is not a regular man like all of us, so puns based on Greek classics are in order even as part of an everyday visit to the tailor.
To get the puns in this fancy joke, you'll have to know the following: first, Euripides was an Athenian playwright from 400 BCE; and second, Eumenides is the name of a Greek tragedy by Aeschylus. And when saying the two of them in an Italian(ish) accent, they kind of sound like "You ripped-a-these" and "You mend-a-these." You're welcome.
It's Greek to Me
Here's one that requires a level of proficiency in the literary canon. Ready for a crash course in Greek lit, then? This joke is based on the occurrences of the canonical Greek epic "The Odyssey." At one point in this Homerian piece, Odysseus declares his name to be "Nobody."
After Polyphemus is blinded by Odysseus, he is asked who was the one to blind him, to which he replies: "Nobody!" This simple-yet-classy joke simply relies on that turn of events. You're welcome!
Fill in the Blanks
This is an extra-sophisticated one that truly requires a particularly large brain (although we're pretty sure brain size isn't the thing here, but just go with it). Extrapolating from a data set is in fact predicting values and trends based on existing data.
So, people who are able to do this should also be able to complete the missing bit of this punchline: "…and those who can't." Top-notch smart humor, if you ask us.