Physics Jokes

Who says science jokes are not funny? Below you can see some of the best Physics jokes we know, along with short explanations to the more obscure of them.

Do you know any funny Physics jokes yourself? Let us know in the comment section below.


P1.

"Where does bad light end up?"

"In prism."

Explanation

A word-play with the word "prison".


P2.

 

"Why does a burger have less energy than a steak?"

"Because it is in its ground state."

Explanation

The ground state of a mechanical system has the least possible energy.


P3.

Einstein developed a theory about space. And it was about time too.

Explanation

The joke is a wordplay with the fact that Einstein developed a theory about space-time relativity.


P4.

"Theory is when you know everything, but nothing works. Practice is when everything works, but no one knows why. In our lab theory and practice are combined - nothing works and no one knows why."


P5.

"What is a physicist's favorite food?"

"Fission chips."

Explanation

Fission chips sounds like "fish'n'chips". Fission is a radio-active process during which a nucleus splits into two or more nuclei.


P6.

Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says:

"Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."

"Where are we then?" 

"Do you see that mountain over there?" 

"Yes." 

"Well… That's where we are!"

Explanation

Theoretical physicists are regarded to be very detached from reality.


P7.

I have a new theory on inertia, but it doesn't seem to be gaining momentum.

Explanation

Inertia and momentum are related to the motions of solid bodies.


P8.

"How did Einstein begin his stories?"

"Once upon a space-time..."

Explanation


P9.

Yesterday I was reading a book on anti-gravity. Couldn't put it down.

Explanation

Anti-gravity is the concept of having a place or object which is free from the force of gravity.


P10.

A cop pulls Heisenberg and asks him:

- Do you know how fast you were driving?

Heisenberg replies:

- No, but I know where I am.

Explanation

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics states that you can not know with certainty both the position and the momentum of a particle.


P11.

My friend Power has been very stressed all week. His boss keeps making him work over time.

Explanation

Word play with the formula:
POWER = WORK / TIME


P12.

One day, Einstein, Newton and Pascal met up and decided to play a game of hide and seek. Einstein volunteered to be "It". As Einstein counted to 100, eyes closed, Pascal ran away and hid. Newton however stood right in front of Einstein and drew a 1 meter by 1 meter square around himself. When Einstein opened his eyes, he immediately saw Newton and said, "I found you Newton," but Newton replied, "Nope, you found one Newton per square meter, that's Pascal!"

Explanation

Word play with the formula:
1 PASCAL = 1 NEWTON / 1 SQUARE METER


P13.

A photon checks into a hotel. The bellhop asks, "Can I help you with your luggage?" The photon replies, "I don't have any, I'm traveling light."

Explanation

Photons are traveling light particles.


P14.

A student riding in a train looks up and sees Einstein sitting next to him. Excited he asks, "Excuse me, Professor, does Boston stop at this train?" 

Explanation

Physical observations depend on the point of view of the observer.


P15.

Why is electricity so dangerous? Because it doesn't know how to conduct itself properly.

Explanation

Electricity is formed by conduction of electrons in a wire.


P16.

A male magnet says to a female magnet:

"From your backside, I thought you were repulsive. After seeing you from the front however, I find you rather attractive."

Explanation

Depending on the way you connect magnets, they could either repulse, or attract each other.


P17.

Schrodinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.

Explanation

Schrodinger's cat is a thought experiment related to the theory that a system can be in multiple states until interacts with the outside world. The classic setup is with a cat closed in a box with radioactive substance in it, which could potentially kill her. Before you open the box, the cat is supposedly both dead and alive.


P18.

The dean addresses the physics department:

"Why do I always have to give you so much money - for laboratories and expensive equipment and stuff? Why couldn't you be like the mathematics department - all they need is money for pencils, paper and waste-paper baskets. Or even better, like the philosophy department - all they need is pencils and paper."

Explanation

Scientists like physicists and mathematicians consider philosophers to produce mostly useless results and materials.