Comedy in the Classroom!

Italian Math Test
Author Unknown (2008)

An Italian wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a little math test. "Here's your first question," the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9."

"Without numbers?" the Italian says, "Datsa easy." and he proceeds to draw the three trees pictured below.


"What's this?" says the boss.

"Ave you got no brain says the Italian? Tree and tree and tree makea nine!"

"Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99."

The Italian stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere a you go."


The boss scratches his head and says "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?"

The Italian says…"Each of da trees isa dirty now. So, it's a dirty tree, and a dirty tree, and a dirty tree. Datsa 99."

The boss is getting worried he's going to have to hire him so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."

The Italian stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred."


The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!"

The Italian leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says..."A little dawg comes along and poops by each tree, so now you've got dirty tree an' a turd, dirty tree an' a turd an' dirty tree an' a turd.……datsa makea one hundred. So, whena I gonna start?"

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