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Pythagorean Theorem Business Cartoon

I do a lot of education cartoons. There’s a small but nice market for them, so I’m constantly on the lookout for little nuggets of curriculum for cartoons.

One day while perusing a math textbook I came across the Pythagorean Theorem. (If there are rock star theorems, this is definitely the Elvis of them.) After examining it and the accompanying illustration a bit, the triangle began to suggest a sales graph to me and this cartoon popped out.

I like to think that, at that moment, all of my old math teachers looked up for a moment and chuckled to themselves a little without exactly knowing why.

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Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

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