If you’re mathematically inclined, you’ve probably seen several proofs that 2=1. On of the more popular ones is the following:

This can be expressed as a three-stanza limerick:

If

a=b(so I say)

And we multiply both sides bya

Then we’ll see thata-squared

When withabcompared

Are the same. Removeb-squared. Okay?Both sides we will factorize. See?

Now each side containsaminusb.

We’ll divide through bya

Minusband olé

a+b=b. Oh whoopee!But since I said

a=b,

b+b=byou’ll agree?

So ifb= 1

Then this sum I have done

Proves that 2 = 1.