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Stop Doing Math refers to a parody infographic by meme creator Welcome To My Meme Page that suggests the reader stops doing math for a variety of nonsensical reasons. The format of the infographic inspired parodies copying the format suggesting users stop taking part in various practices, usually academic, over the course of 2020.

Origin

On April 17th, 2020, meme creator Welcome To My Meme Page posted a parody infographic to Facebook,[1] Instagram,[2] and Twitter,[3] titled, "STOP DOING MATH" (shown below). The infographic describes various ridiculous reasons why people should stop doing math, including that "numbers were not supposed to be given names," and ends with the phrase, "they have played us for absolute fools." The post gained over 9,800 reactions on Facebook, 77,000 likes and 23,000 retweets, and 18,500 likes on Instagram in 10 months.


STOP DOING MATH • NUMBERS WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN NAMES • YEARS OF COUNTING yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for going higher than your FINGERS • Wanted to go higher anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called "GUESSING" • "Yes please give me ZERO of something. Please give me INFINITY of it" - Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged LOOK at what Mathematicians have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the calculators & abacus we built for them (This is REAL Math, done by REAL Mathematicians): ????? ??????? ????????????????? "Hello I would like < apples please" They have played us for absolute fools

The graphics used in the meme are, in order from left to right, the absolute value of the complex Gamma function,[11] a mesh plot of |arctan(z^(-5))|,[12] a compound of five cubes,[13] and the Riemann surface for the function f(z) = √z.[14]

On April 18th, /u/Tullius19 posted the image to /r/mathmemes,[4] garnering over 3,600 upvotes in 10 months. On May 17th, YouTuber[5] Gianni Matragrano uploaded a video in which he reads the "STOP DOING MATH" meme in a comedic way, garnering over 513,000 views in nine months (shown below).



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On April 24th, 2020, FunnyJunk[6] user cheshirethejack uploaded an image copying the style of the "STOP DOING MATH" infographic, instead telling readers to stop using logic for various absurd reasons (shown below). On April 30th, the image was posted by Facebook[7] user Monstrous Metaphysics Memes, garnering over 240 shares and 570 reactions in 10 months.


STOP DOING LOGIC ARGUMENTS WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE FORMALIZED • SO MANY RULES yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for going beyond MODUS PONENS • Wanted to prove things anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called "INDUCTION" "Hello, how are Oan+1/¬(an+1 DCn+1) doing? Isn't the weather Vo (Oro +Dvu(Con' (V)}) today?" - Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged LOOK at what Logicians have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the arguments and languages we built for them (This is REAL Logic, done by REAL Logicians): ????? ??????? ????????????????? ''''You hVv3 to ba logicvl"" They have played us for absolute fools

On May 4th, Twitter[8] user @memecrashes uploaded a parody of the infographic titled, "STOP DOING ENGINEERING," garnering over 1,500 likes and 530 retweets in nine months (shown below, left). On May 7th, Redditor /u/Eseniasty posted a version encouraging users to stop doing p-chem to /r/chemistrymemes,[9] garnering over 2,200 upvotes in a comparable span of time (shown below, right).


STOP ENGINEERING EVERY MACHINE invented after the spoon is USELESS Planes DON'T exist, they're just advanced birds You want to build something? Use your hands, NOT this: THIS is what hides behind modern engineering lies, what truely controls our machines be, dA В dy, EI-µ(x) = |||| 9(x)dx Non-sense letters The Ones with (??????????) many arms All images of machines you see online are fake, they're fooling us Real people believe THIS EXIST -> They have played us for absolute fools STOP DOING P-CHEM • CHEMISTRY is about MIXING THINGS in LAB, not writing EQUATIONS on PAPER!!! = ƏT • Its just SPICY MATH with LETTERS • "Consider it's a ideal gas" - NO ONE IS IDEAL WE ALL HAVE FLAWS THAT MAKE US BEAUTIFUL!!! PCHEM + BEAUTY A@) → A®) • The ONLY chemistry we need is NaCl, not RT Pis = RT In PiA = RT JA Pi Pi • LeTs UsE gReEk LetTErS CoZ wE ARe oUt of REAL ThlnGs LOOK at what they want us to believe chemistry is THIS is what hides behind P-CHEM P.T const C(100%) In *eq,i 30% C A(100) AB-G4 B(100%) NMR (Not ??? MORE Oversized TRIANGLES Motherf*kn TRIANGLES Real) "Hello, what is this substance?" "Oh, its just usr = µ(T,p) + RT In x57" SEE? IT MAKES NO SENSE! They have played us for absolute fools

On September 19th, Redditor /u/DrManhattan96 posted a version of the meme telling users to "stop doing medicine" to /r/medicalschool,[10] garnering over 2,200 upvotes in five months (shown below).


STOP DOING MEDICINE Why name muscles? It's just meat Rectal examination is GROSS Biology is full of LIES what camera did they use to film the inside Look at what they want us to believe THIS IS WHAT THEY STUDY STUPID TRIANGLES ?????????? FREE AUTISM "Hello, what's my illness?" "Oh, it's just PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCO They have played us for absolute fools

Various Examples


STOP DOING CHEMISTRY - Letters represent english NOT ELEMENTS - Wanna hear a kicker??? Organic chemistry has NO ORGANS - ONLY sticks and stones can break my bones so WHY CAN'T I DRINK HYDOXYCHLOROQUINE "Yes I need H20 to survive each day. I need to do cellular respiration" - statements from the utmost privileged LOOK at what Chemists and Chemical "engineers" have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all of this origami and LEGO pieces we buit for them (This is REAL chemistry done by REAL Chemists) ???? ?????? ??????????? "Hello I would like 3 moles of milk please" They played us like absolute fools made by snr_0714 STOP DOING SOIL SCIENCE • Dirt was not supposed to be given names • Digging in the soil with your bare hands is GROSS • You are only disturbing the worms • TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT for the Earth and the secrets that lie beneath the surface Look at what Soil Scientists have been demanding our attention and respect for G5/3a sity Sand Long T hole in ground ???????? "What type of soil is this?"" "Ah, this is clearly a haplic arenic ferric garlic albeluvicambisol" They have played us for absolute fools Sit STOP PLAYING MUSIC OA is a letter not a sound It's just air vibrating and people argue which vibration is better - what's next? Rating earthquakes? If there's only 12 sounds why is there so many keys in the piano? Jazz? Just play the right notes LOOK at what Musicians have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the Xylophones and Theremins we built for them (This is REAL stuff made by REAL Musicians): 7 ????????? Hello, can I please hear C#maj9add13 ??? They have played us for absolute fools STOP DOING CHESS •OPENINGSWERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN NAMES • YEARS OF PLAYING yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for using anything than your HORSE • Wanted to use something anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called "HOUSE RULES" "Yes please give me e4 of something. Please give me F3 with it" - Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged LOOK at what chess players have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the boards & pieces we built for them (This is REAL chess, done by REAL chess players ): A A A A A A A A A A ????? ??????? ????????????????? "Hello I would like O |castles please" They have played us for absolute fools STOP DOING PHYSICS S • PARTICLES WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKED AT • YEARS OF BONKERS THEORIES yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for looking beyond the FIRST ORDER DERIVATIVES • Wanted to build a weirder model for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called "EXPERIMENTAL CONJECTURES" "Nice throw Jimmy, the ball really went HO)\v@) = ih iw0)) ! I'm feeling very - + V(a.n) today" - Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged LOOK at what Physicists have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the labs & computer programs we built for them (This is REAL Physics, done by REAL Phyisicists): FOLDING UNFOLDING ????? ??????? ?????? ?????? uuu"The uncertainty in i They have played us for absolute fools STOP DOING LINGUISTICS WORDS WERE NOT MEANT TO HAVE MEANING • YEARS OF MAKING NOISES yet NO REAL-WORLD USE FOUND for doing more than GRUNTING • Wanted to communicate abstract ideas anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called "CRYING" "Yes, this man's e-ROLE is a g-agent" "Yes that plosive should DEVOICE word finally" - Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged LOOK at what Linguists have been demanding your Respect for all this time, with all the elicitations and grammaticality checks we did for them (This is REAL Linguistics, done by REAL Linguists) CP VXF(x)>L(J, x) ТР DP T' ????? ???? VP Opast A ranjisgast ??????? ????? "Hello, Like(l, apples) please" They have played us for absolute cretins

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