Last night we went to a get-together for expats here in Paris, and one of the attendees happened to be a mathematician visiting the city for a month. When the topic turned to introversion, as it often does once I mention that I write this blog, the mathematician shared a great joke about his peers that relates to the topic. Since I don’t trust myself to phrase it as aptly as he did, I found a version of it on the Mathematic humor Web site as follows:
The difference between an introvert and extrovert mathematician[s] is: An introvert mathematician looks at his shoes while talking to you. An extrovert mathematician looks at your shoes.
Hearing this joke inspired me to include more introvert humour on Spectatrix, but unfortunately I don’t know any good zingers. Got any good ones? Please send them my way via comments or email. (Kudos to the first person to give a funny answer to “How many introverts does it take to screw in a lightbulb” other than “One, obviously.”)
Update: Check out the comments section for some great joke submissions I’ve received since posting this. Thanks to everyone who has responded so far, and to everyone else, keep ’em coming!