NERD ALERT: It’s Pi Day!



Every March 14, math enthusiasts around the world celebrate the mathematical constant known as pi, often written simply as 3.14.

Pi describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it represents an infinite string of numbers. Computers have calculated pi out to 10 trillion digits, but the first 10 go like this: 3.141592653

What makes 3/14/15 so special for pi fans is that it is the only day this century that will have the first five digits of pi — 3.1415. Since the next digits are 92653, most people have chosen 9:26 p.m. to mark the ultimate pi moment. (Sticklers can wait for the clock to read 53 seconds.)

Humans have been thinking about pi for nearly 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians figured out that pi’s value was roughly 3 as far back as 1900 BC. Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes determined that pi was slightly bigger than 22/7.

The annual celebration of pi is a much more recent invention, however. Larry Shaw, a physicist at the Exploratorium science museum in San Franciso is credited with creating Pi Day in 1988.

Watch out for drunken math geeks running naked in the streets and screaming “I love pi!” The pi parties at Dandy Tiger’s place are legendary.

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62 Responses to NERD ALERT: It’s Pi Day!

  1. swanspirit says:

    Happy Pi Day 🙂 3.1415 everyone !! I am going to bake a Pie to celebrate 😉

  2. driguana says:

    Here’s a Pi poem for you…
    when pi are squared
    a message bears its bones
    in numbers telling secrets
    of a juncture down the road

    when pi is bared
    a codex clears its throat
    in numbers telling times
    on reams of ancient rhymes

    papers withered and minds forgot
    but numbers better fared
    the answers sit there clearly
    when pi are squared

    a circumference halved by diameter
    unlocks a lost refrain
    a distinctly embossed pentameter
    on a very old terrain

    numbers never lie
    though they lay there numbly
    crafted in the stones
    that angles left behind

    papers withered and minds forgot
    but numbers better fared
    the answers sit there clearly
    when pi are squared

    Santa Fe

  3. DeniseVB says:

    So then, the Obamas taped two shows in L.A. on Thursday, but flew in separate planes ? Really, I don’t want to hear about Global Warming, Climate Change or carbon footprints, ever again from those two hypocrites. :facepalm:

    • leslie says:

      When they move to NYC, they will still have their Reszko mansion. (Hah! The house across the street is bigger than their “mansion”.) And they’re going to have another place in Hawaii “so they can visit family” the news report said. Funny, they haven’t visited “family” any other time they’ve gone there. Nor, I might add, when bronco’s g-mother died.
      But they’re reeeal people dontcha know. Hypocrites through and through.

      • piper says:

        Truthfully, I just want them to go away, fade away never to be seen or heard from again. The worst POS and family to occupy the WH in my lifetime (am in my 60’s).

      • DeniseVB says:

        I read recently that the Obama’s are worth 7.5 million. That’s not nearly enough to live the “fine life” in NYC unless there’s some hidden money somewhere or plan to live out in the ‘burbs. Funny how the Clintons were able to afford both a trendy home near NYC AND a home in D.C. when Hill was in the Senate.

        I think Bill has a penthouse apt in his “foundation” headquarters, so that’s one way to pay for it 😉

        • Dora says:

          When the Obamas move to NY they should settle on Riker’s Island. They can have plenty of rooms (cells) and an entire island to themselves. 🙂

        • Myiq2xu says:

          As soon as he leaves office Obama will go on a world-wide speaking tour at $1 million a pop. That’s what Bubba did.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Oh you know he’s set for life, protecting Buffet’s billion dollar railroad by nixing Keystone guarantees it. Advances on books should be in the millions too.

            Though as polarizing as the Clintons were (are?) they were still likable people.

        • Somebody says:

          I have a feeling once Obama is out of office he will take over the race baiting reigns and make Jessie and Al look like pikers. He also seems to want to horn in on Al Gores scam. Between those ventures, books and some speaking fees he and his beard will be just fine.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Amen!!! 👿

      • Jadzia says:

        Um, what family do they even have in Hawaii? Mom is dead, Grandma is dead, I think Grandpa is dead. Does his younger sister live there? My younger sister lives in rural Alabama, but I’m not buying a summer place there, even though I sure do love hush puppies. : )

        • leslie says:

          Welcome back!!! 😀
          How have you been? Is your writing done?
          Been thinking about you……..

          • Jadzia says:

            Oh, thank you! No, not nearly done! Three chapters out of nine finished. The only silver lining is that the three that are done were the most difficult, so hopefully I can start to pick up the pace and maybe get it done by the end of the summer.

            Also, because I clearly have too much free time, I got a puppy who has been sucking up much of my time (and eating everything in sight, including the charging cord for this computer). Sadly, I cannot figure out how to insert a photo of the little cutie-pie/holy terror. How are you???

        • Myiq2xu says:

          He has a sister somewhere, plus some other family in Kenya. He never has anything to do with any of them.

          Hawaii is a nice place to visit but too far out of the way for Mo and Bo to live. They like the playgrounds of the rich and shameless.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Oh this is happy news ! In case the link doesn’t work (never know with FB) Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer are engaged ❤

  5. Dora says:

    If this is really how she ran the State Department, maybe she’s not competent enough to be president.

    30,000 e-mails, nothing classified? Judicial Watch cries foul!

  6. simofish says:

    I wish the media would put the same amount of effort into Obama’s college transcripts as they have Hillary’s emails or anything to do with Sarah Palin

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Plucked from news feeds, Carly takes on Hillary and some interesting coincidences with their books.

  8. votermom says:

    Putin is still MIA.
    I wonder if there is a coup.

  9. mothy67 says:

    Want to pass this on because I feel it is hautingly beautiful. When way back in 1982 this young girl started coming over to my house. She would never leave. We tried to figure out whose friend she was but no one knew.. She was half black in a s mall town.We were the poorest people in the world. Irish Catholic tot the bone. She told me last night her foster father raped her everynight. My home was all she had. My peeps are obnoxious but something like that is not possible.
    My baby girl is so smart and kind. Conner is autistic and on bad days too much. I am limited his mother came to me and said thank you.Shay takes care of my son. My little girl is worth it.

  10. lyn says:

    Taylor’s kitty scratched her today, and I like her sense of humor.

  11. Propertius says:

    “Pi describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter”

    In a flat, Euclidian space, he said, proving he’s still a math geek.

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