A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 17, 2019
“Why do we use protractors in geometry?"/"Because amateur tractors don’t know what they’re doing!”

Protractors aren’t “professional tractors,” but there are jokes. “Protractors $1.99 no word on price for amateur tractors” was posted on Twitter by Nelson on August 23, 2009. “You’re not allowed to buy amateur tractors.  It’s what makes them amateur.  Not getting money for it” was posted on Twitter by Gory X on August 23, 2009. “7th grade teacher said I would need to bring 4 compasses, 7 protractors, and 0 amateur tractors to his classroom today. Nice” was posted on Twitter by Angela I on February 3, 2010.

“Why do we use Protractors in geometry? Because Amateur-Tractors don’t know what they’re doing!” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on April 17, 2019.


Wikipedia: Protractor
A protractor is a measuring instrument, typically made of transparent plastic or glass, for measuring angles. Most protractors measure angles in degrees (°). Radian-scale protractors measure angles in radians. Most protractors are divided into 180 equal parts. Some precision protractors further divide degrees into arcminutes.

They are used for a variety of mechanical and engineering-related applications. One common use is in geometry lessons in schools.

Twitter
Nelson
@nel1jack
http://twitpic.com/eyi4a - Protractors $1.99 no word on price for amateur tractors
12:58 AM - 23 Aug 2009

Twitter
Gory X
@coryxgarcia
Replying to @nel1jack
@nel1jack You’re not allowed to buy amateur tractors.  It’s what makes them amateur.  Not getting money for it.
1:25 AM - 23 Aug 2009

Twitter
Angela I
@CardsChic
7th grade teacher said I would need to bring 4 compasses, 7 protractors, and 0 amateur tractors to his classroom today. Nice.
11:34 AM - 3 Feb 2010

Twitter
Sleighbells ring are you Tinpot?
@Tinpot
Amateur tractors aren’t really known for their ability to judge angles with any accuracy. Unlike their professional colleagues.
3:04 PM - 27 Jan 2011

Twitter
Chronos
@thechronosband
I remember sitting in math class thinking, “Where are all the amateur tractors?  I’ve only seen the pros”.
3:43 PM - 10 Dec 2012

Twitter
Iain Blair
@2eyesiain
If you’re really keen on angles then you must get a protractor. Amateur tractors are just not accurate enough.
5:58 PM - 9 Jul 2015

Twitter
🤔
@Giyga_Impact
My brother: “ hey dad do we have any protractors”
My dad: “no we only have amateur-tractors
4:30 PM - 9 Jan 2016

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Talon184 April 17, 2019
Why do we use Protractors in geometry?
Because Amateur-Tractors don’t know what they’re doing!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 • Permalink