Pi or pie day? It depends.

Back in 1989, some geek decided that pi (the mathematical reference to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter) needed its own special day of commemoration.  (Does this guy know how to party or what?) So, using the first three digits as a reference point, he picked 3/14 as the celebration day.

I’m guessing pocket protector day, calculator month and propeller-head Sunday were considered and discarded.

But back to pi, the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.  (Random detail.  Pronounced “pee” in the original language.  I think I just heard an entire class of sixth graders snickering.)

However, I was reminded earlier today when reading a message board that not all peeps are mathematically inclined. Someone had incorrectly interpreted this homage to geometry as a celebration of pies.  The edible kind.  No matter that the “es” was missing.  (I’m guessing they thought it was some cutsy abbreviation for cherry, key line and pumpkin, much like IDK, LOL and in this instance….the more appropriate WTF.)

So, for those of you who wouldn’t know 3.14159, etc.  from banana creme.  Here are some cyber flashcards for you.



Just so I can regain some faith in my fellow man, please tell me you know the difference between a radius and radial tires.

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1 capman { 03.14.11 at 10:29 pm }

I don’t understand the celebrating of Pi Day, but for that matter I also don’t understand why Crook County celebrates Pulaski Day in March now too. Kids get the day off school and Crook County employees get the day off too (but don’t they get every day ‘off’ anyway?). If you’re gonna celebrate Pi day the only way to ungeek yourself is if you can drink 3.14 beers for at least each of 3.14 hours and repeat it a few times or lift 3.14 times your weight in some type of lift or manuever or combo thereof. That’s all my soapbox has for now!

2 Katybeth { 03.15.11 at 1:45 pm }

I had pi with you yesterday! I don’t understand pi but I do love pie–so I could do my part. Not really but my tires are totally radical they rock and roll all the time.

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