# “Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?”/“To get to the same side.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” is an old joke from the 19th century. A Möbius strip version is:

*Q: Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?A: To get to the same side. *

The joke was posted on the newsgroup net.jokes on August 20, 1985, and has been printed on several images.

Wikipedia: Möbius strip

The

*Möbius strip*or

*Möbius band*(/ˈmɜːrbiəs/ (non-rhotic), US: /ˈmeɪ-, ˈmoʊ-/; German: [ˈmøːbi̯ʊs]), also spelled

*Mobius*or

*Moebius*, is a surface with only one side (when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space) and only one boundary. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being unorientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. It was discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858.

Google Groups: net.jokes

I need a joke.

*s. dugan*

8/20/85

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> Oh, yeah, a joke: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?

To stay on the same side?

Google Groups: rec.humor

New Answers to an Old Question

*Andrew Rogers*

12/30/92

In article

> Answers to “Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?”

> (1992 version)

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?

To stay on the same side!

Google Groups: rec.puzzles

Morbid Mobius

*Teeni Moddy*

7/21/94

(...)

Q: why did the chicken cross the mobius strip ?

A: to get to the other ... well ... hmm ...

Google Groups: rec.humor

why did the chicken cross the road…

*Andrew Rogers*

5/5/95

In article <3nmj0r$g…@library.erc.clarkson.edu>

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Piush Gupta) writes:

> WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?

To stay on the same side!

Google Books*Twenty Years Before the Blackboard:The Lessons and Humor of a Mathematics Teacher*

By Michael Stueben with Diane Sandford

The Mathematical Association of America

1998

Pg. 136:

Topologist’s chicken question: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip? Answer: To get to the other . . . uh . . . uh . . . (pause) never mind.

25 April 2003,

*The Daily Telegraph*(London, UK), “Optional maths simply doesn’t add up” by Rachel Simhon, pg. 26:

And that is not to mention the jokes. Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip? To get to the same side.

Mark Grandjean

@ch33z

why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?

To get to the same side

8:57 AM - 20 Oct 2008

Graphic Joke

*Möbius chicken.*

September 29, 2012 by grin

Q: Why did the chicken cross the möbius strip?

A: To get to the same side.

Reddit—Jokes

Why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip?

submitted January 20, 2016 by Randomfactacount

To get to the same side.

Google Books

*Masters of Mathematics:*

The Problems They Solved, Why These Are Important, and What You Should Know about Them

The Problems They Solved, Why These Are Important, and What You Should Know about Them

By Robert A. Nowlan

Boston, MA: Sense Publishers

2017

Pg. 284:

Q: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip? A: To get to the same side.