Kelly Clarkson’s “Einstein,” Plus Other Fuzzy Math In Pop Music

Amelia McDonell-Parry | October 24, 2011 - 11:00 am

All morning I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s quite enjoyable new album, Stronger, and found myself laughing aloud at the lyrics to the song “Einstein. Ahem: 

Simple math
Our love divided by the square root of pride
Multiply your lifeless time
I’m going out of my mind
It was heaven when I finally figured it out alone…

Dumb plus dumb equals you
Dumb plus dumb equals you
Dumb plus dumb equals you

Indeed, there is no better way to tell a man to shove it than to diminish him with some lyrics containing some seriously fuzzy math. Dumb plus dumb equal you, BOO YA! 

In honor of Kelly — and my favorite high school calculus teacher — here are some other bad math moments in music history.