**Session Author:** Cheryl Grood

In the television show *Futurama*, Professor Farnsworth and Amy decide to try out their newly finished “Mind-Switcher” invention on themselves. When they try to switch back, they discover a key flaw in the machine’s design: it will not allow the same pair of bodies to be used in the machine more than once. Is there a way to restore their minds back to their original bodies?

The Futurama theorem is a real-life mathematical theorem invented by *Futurama* writer Ken Keeler (who holds a PhD in applied mathematics), purely for use in the Season 6 episode “The Prisoner of Benda”.

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Try a smaller problem, Problem posing**Topics:**

Combinatorics- One rich problem, Kinesthetic Element
**Mathematical Practices:**MP1