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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'', when Timmy is asked to write the answer to 1+1 on the board, [[EpicFail he calculates it as equaling 3]]. Just as Mr. Crocker is about to mock him for it, Creator/StephenHawking shows up (due to a wish Timmy made earlier in the episode about not being wrong) and writes a proof explaining that 1+1 can equal 3. In TheStinger, Mr. Crocker has found out that 1+1 actually equals 4, but he gets incinerated into bits by Stephen Hawking's jetpack wheelchair.

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* In ''Series/{{Veep}}'', Jonah struggled in math class (he claims to have a learning disorder, [[UnreliableNarrator although]] this is either true or him trying to excuse his stupidity), which comes up when his strained relationship with his former stepfather-now-father-in-law is revealed, in that his former stepdad was his math teacher and gave him bad grades. While running for President, Jonah gets back at his former stepdad by rousing his supporters about how he'll ban math because not only is it hard, but because algebra was invented by Muslims and their numbers are "Muslim numbers" (Arabic).
-->'''Jonah:''' Algebra?! More like ''AL-JAZEEHRA!''


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* In ''WesternAnimation/Incredibles2'', Bob tries to help Dash with his math homework, but is told that he has to do it in a new way (a possible TakeThat to the Common Core). This frustrates Bob, because he is unfamiliar with that method.
-->'''Dash:''' Uh, dad? They want us to do it ''this'' ''[shows page from textbook]'' way.\\
'''Bob:''' What?! That doesn't make any sense, why would they change math?!\\
'''Dash:''' Dad, it's okaŚ\\
'''Bob:''' Math is math! ''MATH IS MATH!''
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}: "Sue Ellen Adds it Up" opens with Sue Ellen explaining that she and her parents don't care for math and use estimation and trial and error in situations which call for measuring. Prunella gives Sue Ellen a hard time about not incorporating math into her life, but helps her when she needs to alter her plans for displaying her art project.

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* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'': For the "Lightning Fill in the Blank" segment, the third-place panelist leading into the segment goes first, then the second place and the lead. Before the last panelist goes, the host, Peter Sagal, asks the scorekeeper how many correct answers that panelist needs to get in order to win the game. Since the questions are worth two points in this segment, this involves a bit of math, and awareness of how the standing even or odd scores will affect whether a tally will be a tie or a win. (The formula is usually, "She needs five to tie, and six to win.") Peter sometimes lampshades this as "the math question". Guest scorekeepers can react to it with varying levels of enthusiasm.
--> '''Corey Flintoff:''' ''(under his breath)'' I hate this.


** After that lesson, Calvin and Suzy made a bet over who could get a better score on the math test, with the winner getting a quarter (25 cents). After Calvin, unsurprisingly, bombs the math test, he tells Hobbes about how he ended up winning because instead of giving Suzy one quarter, he gave her three dimes (30 cents). Hobbes tells him he should study more.

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** *** After that lesson, Calvin and Suzy made a bet over who could get a better score on the math test, with the winner getting a quarter (25 cents). After Calvin, unsurprisingly, bombs the math test, he tells Hobbes about how he ended up winning because instead of giving Suzy one quarter, he gave her three dimes (30 cents). Hobbes tells him he should study more.



* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' strip, Peter recounts how a [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] recruiter said that enlisting guaranteed getting up at dawn, to do rigorous exercises, eating bad tasting food, and other hardships that come with joining the military. When Paige, his sister, asks how that's supposed to entice them to sign up right after high school, Peter responds that the recruiter pulled out a thick college algebra book to show what the alternative is, and says "He couldn't hand out the applications fast enough!."

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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' strip, Peter recounts how a [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] recruiter said that enlisting guaranteed getting up at dawn, to do rigorous exercises, eating bad tasting food, and other hardships that come with joining the military. When Paige, his sister, asks how that's supposed to entice them to sign up right after high school, Peter responds that the recruiter pulled out a thick college algebra book textbook to show what the alternative is, and says "He couldn't hand out the applications fast enough!."


Algebra! Calculus! Geometry! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Arithmetic!]] How can we even begin to describe these unspeakable horrors, guaranteed to strike fear, anxiety, nausea, [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia]], [[GoMadFromtheRevelation madness]], and [[HeroicBSOD paralysis]] into the hearts and souls of all? Mathematics, most of all the advanced courses that delve in otherworldly chaotic theories, easily presents itself as torturous, [[MindScrew mindscrewy]], or just downright [[MindRape mind-rapingly]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Lovecraftian]]. Ironically, [[Creator/HPLovecraft the old man himself]] indeed was big on that, largely because of [[WritersCannotDoMath having a problem with math himself]].

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Algebra! Calculus! Geometry! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Arithmetic!]] How can we even begin to describe these unspeakable horrors, guaranteed to strike fear, anxiety, nausea, [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia]], [[GoMadFromtheRevelation madness]], and [[HeroicBSOD paralysis]] into the hearts and souls of all? Mathematics, most of all the advanced courses that delve in otherworldly chaotic theories, easily presents itself as torturous, [[MindScrew mindscrewy]], or just downright [[MindRape mind-rapingly]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Lovecraftian]]. Ironically, Lovecraftian]]- to the point that [[Creator/HPLovecraft the old man himself]] indeed was big on that, this bandwagon, largely because of [[WritersCannotDoMath having a problem with math himself]].


Algebra! Calculus! Geometry! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Arithmetic!]] How can we even begin to describe these unspeakable horrors, guaranteed to strike fear, anxiety, nausea, [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia]], [[GoMadFromtheRevelation madness]], and [[HeroicBSOD paralysis]] into the hearts and souls of all? Mathematics, most of all the advanced courses that delve in otherworldly chaotic theories, easily presents itself as torturous, [[MindScrew mindscrewy]], or just downright [[MindRape mind-rapingly]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Lovecraftian]].

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Algebra! Calculus! Geometry! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Arithmetic!]] How can we even begin to describe these unspeakable horrors, guaranteed to strike fear, anxiety, nausea, [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia]], [[GoMadFromtheRevelation madness]], and [[HeroicBSOD paralysis]] into the hearts and souls of all? Mathematics, most of all the advanced courses that delve in otherworldly chaotic theories, easily presents itself as torturous, [[MindScrew mindscrewy]], or just downright [[MindRape mind-rapingly]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Lovecraftian]]. \n Ironically, [[Creator/HPLovecraft the old man himself]] indeed was big on that, largely because of [[WritersCannotDoMath having a problem with math himself]].

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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' strip, Peter recounts how a [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] recruiter said that enlisting guaranteed getting up at dawn, to do rigorous exercises, eating bad tasting food, and other hardships that come with joining the military. When Paige, his sister, asks how that's supposed to entice them to sign up right after high school, Peter responds that the recruiter pulled out a thick college algebra book to show what the alternative is, and says "He couldn't hand out the applications fast enough!."


* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'': Nora Valkyrie gets really annoyed that she has math class. She tries to use the fact that she had earlier saved her teacher's daughter's life to get an automatic A, but her teacher says while he is grateful, she's not getting off that easily.



* In ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried'', the (seemingly) time-travelling title character tries to get out of math class by saying that she knows for a fact she will never use the course material in her adult life.

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* In ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried'', the (seemingly) time-travelling time-traveling title character tries to get out of math class by saying that she knows for a fact she will never use the course material in her adult life.


* The edutainment short ''WesternAnimation/DonaldInMathmagicLand'' plays this straight at the beginning, when Donald insists that math is for "eggheads". The Spirit of Adventure manages to convince him otherwise, by showing him how mathematics influences things like music theory ("Without 'eggsheads', there would ''be'' no music!") and even parlor games.

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* The edutainment short ''WesternAnimation/DonaldInMathmagicLand'' plays this straight at the beginning, when Donald insists that math is for "eggheads". The Spirit of Adventure manages to convince him otherwise, by showing him how mathematics influences things like music theory ("Without 'eggsheads', 'eggheads', there would ''be'' no music!") and even parlor games.

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** After that lesson, Calvin and Suzy made a bet over who could get a better score on the math test, with the winner getting a quarter (25 cents). After Calvin, unsurprisingly, bombs the math test, he tells Hobbes about how he ended up winning because instead of giving Suzy one quarter, he gave her three dimes (30 cents). Hobbes tells him he should study more.

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* Inverted in ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde''. Touya made sure he was damn good at math so he could manage his finances while he attended U.A. While he enjoys reading, he hates Japanese literature and English, struggling in those areas even with Iida's help.
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the Ridorana Lighthouse has a boss named Construct 7, which tasks the players to solve a simple math problem or two. Get them right, and Bob's your uncle; get them wrong, and the resultant defense debuff means you'll be needing a revive momentarily. The notes scattered throughout imply that the previous explorers, er... didn't know their times tables very well.


* A few ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' puzzles can be solved by algebra instead of riddles ([[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=031212 here's an example]]), but the hints point out it won't be fun and you should figure out the riddle instead. It is also a common trick for a puzzle to make algebra an immediate source of an answer, but make the real answer quickly found by wording snag. Other puzzles, however, ''do'' require mathematics to solve, such as trigonometry, calculating the area of a circle, and algebra.

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* A few ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' puzzles can be solved by algebra instead of riddles ([[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=031212 here's an example]]), but the hints point out it won't be fun and you should figure out the riddle instead. It is also a common trick for a puzzle to make algebra an immediate source of an answer, but make the real answer quickly found by wording snag. Other puzzles, however, ''do'' require mathematics to solve, such as trigonometry, calculating the area of a circle, and algebra.

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