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

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Entry from August 02, 2015
“Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?” (joke)

"I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers” is a pun that was cited on Twitter on November 10, 2010. The joke quickly went viral.

“Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers? He will stop at nothing to avoid them” was cited on Twitter on April 25, 2014.


Twitter
sickipediabot
‏@sickipediabot
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers.
8:29 PM - 10 Nov 2010

Twitter
Darren smith
‏@DazTheGeordie
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers. #win100
9:14 PM - 10 Nov 2010

Warrior Forum
Rough Outline
16th Nov 2010, 12:04 PM
Re: The Joke Thread
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers.

xkcd.com
Re: Favorite math jokes
Post by SlyReaper » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:16 am UTC
I will stop at nothing to avoid having to use negative numbers.

Google Books
Jokes for Blokes:
The Ultimate Book of Jokes Not Suitable for Mixed Company

By Llewellyn Dowd and Phil McCracken
London: Ebury Press
2011
Pg. 513:
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers.

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
By Grant Tucker
London: The Robson Press
2012
Pg. ?:
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers.

Twitter
sandy
‏@safa_sandy
Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers? He will stop at nothing to avoid them.
7:22 PM - 25 Apr 2014

Twitter
Laffy Taffy Jokes
‏@Laffy_TaffyJoke
Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?
He will stop at nothing to avoid them.
7:32 PM - 25 Apr 2014

Business Insider (Australia)
16 Of The Most Profound Jokes Ever Told
HAYLEY HUDSON JUN 7 2014, 4:30 PM
(...)
9. I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers. – Ren Walker

reddit
I’ll stop at nothing to avoid using negative numbers. (self.Jokes)
submitted February 10, 2015 by BookerGinger

Twitter
Edd
‏@ozzyugi
Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?
He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.
#joke #jokeoftheday
9:47 PM - 2 Aug 2015

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