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Even though there are plenty examples of mathematical jokes, the mathematical literature is (in many cases) pretty dull. Nevertheless, examples exist in which an essay makes you smile with a nice pun when talking about Galois theory or something...

Can you provide examples of humorous/funny mathematical essays?

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A classical example is the essay "A Contribution to the Mathematical Theory of Big Game Hunting" by Ralph P. Boas (under a pseudonym) which was published in the Mathematical Monthly

UPDATE

Building on the comments by @Ahmed Hussein and @Hans Ludmark there is already a list of colorful language and a list of memorable titles so I changed my question.

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a horseshoe to me. $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Nov 26 '15 at 7:03
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    $\begingroup$ There was once an article about self-referential structures in, IIRC, American Mathematical Monthly. Its list of references had a single item, the article itself. The only theorem of the article boldly stated that Theorem 1. in reference [1] is false. Where they usually place a photo of the author(s), there was a selfie taken with the aid of a mirror, the subject shown taking a picture et cetera... $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Nov 26 '15 at 7:34
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    $\begingroup$ The margin notes in Concrete Mathematics, perhaps. Or the Romeo and Juliet interpretation of linear ODEs in Strogatz's Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (Section 5.3, especially the answers to exercise 5.3.1). $\endgroup$ – Hans Lundmark Nov 26 '15 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ Check out: mathoverflow.net/questions/22299/… $\endgroup$ – user258700 Nov 26 '15 at 7:50
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    $\begingroup$ Or some of the titles mentioned here: mathoverflow.net/questions/44326/most-memorable-titles. $\endgroup$ – Hans Lundmark Nov 26 '15 at 7:50
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Somewhere between a joke and an essay, is Impure Math. http://www.snowman-jim.org/science/humor/impure-math.html

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