# “A 20 Hz sine wave walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

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

*“A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar. The bartender asks, ‘Why the long phase?’”*

“Why the long phase”” is a pun on the famous “Why the long face?” punchline of the “A horse walks into a bar…” joke. “A wave walks into a bar. The bartender says ‘Why the long phase?’. Wave replies ‘I’m sinusoidal’. This was rather depressing” was posted on Twitter on July 1, 2011. “A 20Hz sine wave walks into a bar, the barman says ‘hey, why the long phase?’” was posted on Twitter on November 9, 2011.

“A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar. The bartender asks, ‘Why the long phase?’” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on October 31, 2017.

Wikipedia: Sine wave

A *sine wave* or *sinusoid* is a mathematical curve that describes a smooth repetitive oscillation. A sine wave is a continuous wave. It is named after the function sine, of which it is the graph. It occurs often in pure and applied mathematics, as well as physics, engineering, signal processing and many other fields.

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Sriram Kvlteswaran

@srikvlteswaran

A wave walks into a bar. The bartender says “Why the long phase?”. Wave replies “I’m sinusoidal”. This was rather depressing.

3:05 AM - 1 Jul 2011

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Echidna GTA Records

@EchidnaUK

A 20Hz sine wave walks into a bar, the barman says ‘hey, why the long phase?’

8:55 AM - 9 Nov 2011

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Sarah Jones

@sarah_louiji

A 20Hz sine wave walks into a bar and the barman says ‘‘Why the long phase?’’ #geek

5:23 PM - 14 Nov 2011 from Nottingham, England

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Nördar i allmänhet

@nerdsingeneral

Fredagsskämt 😊

An ultralow frequency sine wave radiates into a bar.

The barman asks “Hey, why the long phase?”

8:05 AM - 18 Nov 2011

Facebook*TwoThirds*

December 11, 2011 ·

A sine wave walks into a bar; the bar man asks, “why the long phase?”

Keep the production jokes coming..

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Peter Albrechtsen

@lydrummet

A 20 Hz sine wave walks into a bar.

“Hey, why the long phase?”

1:54 PM - 28 Jul 2017

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AUDIGY

@Audigyofficial

A 20hz sine wave walked into a bar.

The bartender asked: “Why the long phase?”

3:20 PM - 4 Oct 2017

Reddit—Jokes

A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar…

submitted October 31, 2017 by Lore0D

The bartender asks, “Why the long phase?”

COMMENTS*artemisvain*

Engineering student here. I get the joke.

*Parrek*

Physics student here. Same

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Kelsie Hardy

@KelsieHardy2

A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar…

9:15 PM - 31 Oct 2017

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Nitish Shekhar

@nitzrulzx412

A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar…

9:16 PM - 31 Oct 2017

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Triston Stein

@SteinTriston

A time-stretched sinusoid walks into a bar…

9:32 PM - 31 Oct 2017