“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A mathematician version is:

*“A mathematician walks into a bar and asks for ten times the normal number of drinks anyone else has. ‘Wow,’ says the barkeep, ‘That’s an order of magnitude!’”*

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2009.

“An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar…” is another mathematician bar joke.

Wikipedia: Order of magnitude

*Orders of magnitude* are written in powers of 10. For example, the order of magnitude of 1500 is 3, since 1500 may be written as 1.5 × 103.

Differences in order of magnitude can be measured on the logarithmic scale in “decades” (i.e., factors of ten).

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A mathematician walks into a bar and asks for 10x the # of drinks everyone else has. “Wow” says the barkeep, “that’s an order of magnitude.”

2:53 PM - 8 Sep 2009

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A mathematician walks into a bar and asks for ten times the normal number of drinks anyone else has. “Wow,” says the barkeep, “That’s an order of magnitude.” (self.funny)

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Man walks into a bar and asks for ten times the normal number of drinks anyone else has."Wow" says the barkeep,"Thats an order of magnitude”

4:53 AM - 9 Sep 2009

The Daily Irrelevant

*Nerd jokes*

Posted on September 9th, 2009 at 12:32 by John Sinteur in category: Joke

A mathematician walks into a bar and asks for ten times the normal number of drinks anyone else has. “Wow,” says the barkeep, “That’s an order of magnitude.”

MumblingNerd’s Mumbling Blog

*A man walks into a bar*

12 FEBRUARY 2010

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A mathematician walks into a bar and says to the bartender; “Give me ten times the number of drinks everybody in here is drinking.” The bartender replies; “Now that is an order of magnitude.”

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*Math Jokes Explained - Numberphile*

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Published on May 20, 2013

Some of your favourite maths jokes are dissected in forensic fashion.

Los Angeles (CA) Times

*Happy April Fool’s Day! Scientists have a sense of humor too*

April 01, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan

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If math is more your thing, there’s this classic set-up:

*A man walks into a bar and asks for 10 times more drinks than anyone else. The barman says, “Now THAT is an order of magnitude!”*

Don’t get it? Don’t despair. You can watch Matt Parker explain the joke (and others) in this video from our friends at Numberphile.

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