That's Numberwang!

This morning while Tsunami was doing his daily math workbook we got into a dispute about the way the folks across the pond say "maths" as opposed to our term "math". I argued that since it is a shortened version of the plural word "mathematics" the plural shortened version makes more sense. He argued that "math" is also plural in common American English parlance. That's where we ended the discussion.

All this talk of numbers and the Brits got me thinking of Numberwang. The British comedy duo Mitchell and Webb have done a number of BBC television series including That Mitchell and Webb Look and That Mitchell and Webb Sound which feature various comedy skits. They are probably more popular for their sitcom called Peep Show. Everything they do is pretty funny. But my favorite series of skits is called Numberwang.

I have no idea why this works. It's just shouting a bunch of random numbers (or sometimes non-numbers) and various unrelated things happening as a result. There's nothing I can point to in it that screams comedy gold. But to me, it is. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

That's Numberwang!