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Strip by: Conor

{Scene: A bar, presumably a university faculty lounge.}

Math professor 1: I'm just... having trouble coming up with my opening math lecture theme because -

Math professor 2: You know what I do?

Math professor 2: I start with an unsolved problem that is easily stated, and I challenge everyone to turn in a solution by the end of the semester.

Math professor 1: *That's perfect!*

{Cut to: a university lecture hall where Math Professor 1 is teaching.}

Lecture slides: HOMEWORK

Lecture slides: Prove that the real part of every non-trivial zero of the Riemann zeta function is equal to 1/2

Lecture slides: Due Wednesday

Lecture slides: 10% of course grade

**The author writes:**

Later, back at the faculty lounge: "...and when I got to the part about how the non-trivial zeros of the zeta function are symmetrically distributed about the line *s* = 1/2 + *it*, and all of its non-trivial zeros must lie in the range 0 ≤ Re(*s*) ≤ 1, then I remembered where I left my bicycle!"

Original *Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal*: "Unsolvable".