How about the Pythagorean theorem as explained by the joke :
There was an Indian Chief, and he had three squaws, and kept them in
three teepees. When he would come home late from hunting, he would not
know which teepee contained which squaw, being dark and all. He went
hunting one day, and killed a hippopotamus, a bear, and a buffalo. He
put the a hide from each animal into a different teepee, so that when
he came home late, he could feel inside the teepee and he would know
which squaw was inside.
Well after about a year, all three squaws had children. The squaw
on the bear had a baby boy, the squaw on the buffalo hide had a baby
girl. But the squaw on the hippopotamus had a girl and a boy. So what is
the moral of the story?
The son of the squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides.
The sum of the square of the hypoteneuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
(I think that's right.)
[In no way am I denigrating Native Americans.]
Edited by shanter - 12/12/13 at 1:47pm