Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14, aka 3.14, aka Pi Day! In honor of Pi Day, I got to work a little early and had pie for breakfast! Okay, I actually wasn’t thinking of the fact that it was Pi Day, I just happened to run out of toast so I came to work on an empty stomach and found the leftover pie in the fridge, BUT this was definitely meant to be. So, happy Pi Day everyone. Celebrate by having a slice of pie and telling all your friends what a nerd you are!

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1. So I guess Pi second would be March 14th at 1:59:27 AM. Not the best time of day for a solemn ceremony.

This excerpt from an AP story annoys me:

"[Pi is] made up of a chain that is known â€” so far â€” to be more than one trillion digits long."

No, no, no, NO! Pi is irrational and therefore inifinite and non-repeating. This is a proven mathematical theorem. Calculating out more digits of Pi does not discover more length. The length is known.

Thus ends the vent on one of my pet peeves. Sorry.

2. OK, I'll admit to having made a number of pies over the years with the "pi" symbol cut into the top for steam venting, but that's just because it's funny. I mean, who doesn't love a good joke about irrational numbers? Right?

But, really, the digits adorning the rim? That's just … geeky!

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3. Whoa, I completely forgot, even though it’s plainly marked on my Skepchick calendar!

Happy Pi(e) day, everybody!

4. Rockingham, wait — you're saying that toast = bread + heat???? And to think of the pie-related stomach ache I could have avoided this morning…

5. JD says:

That pi symbol looks like it's been seared into the back of a human, by an irrational god of non-euclidian, yet circular origins.

Um…sorry. I was up late reading Lovecraft last night.

6. Well, I am full of useful information like that. It's on account of being a boy scout.

Here in England we don't have a pi day as it is 14.3, which as far as I know has no mathmatical significance. I did have steak and kidney pie though, just to keep you colonials company.

7. Actually, here's it's 15.3, so you guys are all living in the past.

(That said, my kitchen clock is America time format, so I did note that yesterday was pi-ish, but didn't think that there would be a global movement to acknowledge this. Oh well, roll on the 2nd of July!)

8. That is one good looking pie! I love the numbers on the crust – that girl can bake. Did you see her Peeps?

In honor of Pi Day, I think we should post corny, educational videos. Here’s my entry: Blind Date

I recall some nerdy guy posting this one, which is amusing, especially if one can memorize it. ;-)

9. CRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPbjÏ€!

Today of all days, WP is working on blogs, and mine is one of them, and I can’t hardly get any damned thing to post.

No Ï€ day, no S&BJ day no nuthin’.

I can’t even get a comment to link here posted.

I guess I’m going to have to do something productive now. Or take a nap.

CRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPCRAPbjÏ€!

10. JD – Well, I was up late reading Tolkien, so now I see a circular object with a mysterious message carved around its edges. . . clearly, the pie needs to be thrown into a volcano before a great fiery pi arises in the east to search for it.

11. March 14, 2007 at 8:39 am, TheCzech wrote:

"So I guess Pi second would be March 14th at 1:59:27 AM. Not the best time of day for a solemn ceremony."

Pi is now 3.14015927 ???

I would expect pi second to be a little after 4:30PM then (3PM=15:00)

12. "I would expect pi second to be a little after 4:30PM then (3PM=15:00)"

The problem with interpreting it as a 24 hour clock is you then have a 9 in a very inconvenient place. This digit torturing is hard! How do numerologists do it? ;)

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