For the geekiest among us, today – March 14, that is, 3/14 – is Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical formula that determines how to assign something a deceptive, delicious-sounding name that in reality possesses labyrinthine complexity and is really boring.
Say the dorks:
With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.
According to Darren Aronofsky movies, it also drives people certifiably insane.
Because schools are where tax dollars go to die, there are a raft of Pi Day activities organized to quash the joy of learning for all the chillins’ ’round the country.
Students will present pi projects such as research on the history of pi, pi poems, pi cartoons, pi plays, original pi songs or pi fashion. Then students will participate in a pi digit reciting project. Students get a card with a digit of pi on one side and a math problem on the other. The answer to the problem will tell the student the position of the digit they have. They should then stand in order to determine the mathematical approximation of pi.
We’d like to rename the day Hair Pie day, for no other reason than we can and that a Friday should not be dedicated to something that harkens back to the days of book learnin’ (ages 5-8). Here to help us celebrate is the lovely…
What’s your name?
Cheerleader: L –
[Cutting her off] Yeah, whatever.
What? You’re shaved down there? Eh, what the hey, join in anyway.
NOTE: Well it IS officially also Steak and BJ Day. That’ll have to do.