Many fellow students of mine today shared by various means the following picture:


I was told that this picture is supposed to communicate the beauty of math in a funny way, but I really can't see this point (as the math content of the picture is very trivial).

Did any mathematical educator [or can you] find a better (*) way to make New Year's wishes (or Christmas wishes) mathematically (in a sense)?

(*) that is, more sophisticated and really useful to communicate the beauty of math to students in a fun way.

Note: I am not searching for a difficult integral whose solution somehow shows up the words "Happy New Year" or anything like that, but for something conceptually interesting and somehow related to making wishes.

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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I don't find this stuff either funny or beautiful. And making the mathematics more sophisticated isn't likely to improve either the humour or the aesthetics. Surely there are much better ways to increase students' interest in mathematics. $\endgroup$ – bubba Dec 31 '14 at 14:13
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    $\begingroup$ @bubba If by "this stuff" you mean things like the one in the picture, I agree. This is why I'm searching for something substantially more conceptual and insightful that is somehow related to New Year's wishes. $\endgroup$ – Dal Dec 31 '14 at 15:15

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