As if it couldn’t get any sadder than waiting all year to celebrate Pi Day, someone went and dubbed today Pi Approximation Day. Really what were all the mathematicians doing with their evenings? Isn’t pi an approximation anyhow? I agree when the HuffPost asks, How much Pi does one need? Of course, I expect some math witty retort, but what I need is fewer holidays related to approximate mathematical numbers. I don’t even know what you should do to celebrate. Maybe you can go around approximating everything. I have fifty for whoever can replace today with “The Proper use of the Apostrophe Day!”
Maybe I’m a little jealous, but it seems math and science have hogged the holidays. I say creative writing and English majors should take over a few dates. I may have digressed for a minute. I’ll work on this while the rest of the math nuts are sitting in a cubicle thinking of the next great math related holiday. Have an approximately happy day and…
While this slice of apple pie and mound of whipped cream drizzled with caramel and topped with toasted nut shavings is making my mouth water and stomach growl a little, this is NOT the pie we are celebrating today. As the obsessed math lover, scientists or engineer in your life can tell you it’s PI DAY!
The really weird ones will have this entire number committed to memory.
For those who barely got promoted in math and science or had to resort to bribes, sympathy, and flattery for a passing grade, the Pi constant represents the ratio between the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
How do you celebrate Pi Day? For ideas, you should ask a former sad lonely person, who went through school with 2 friends, a social life that mostly consisted of hanging out at the Salvation Army and watching Seventh Heaven while curled up with a physics book on a Saturday night or my sister. She generally resorts to wearing a t-shirt with the pi insignia on it, taking a pie to work, eating a round personal pizza for lunch, and gazing far too long at all things circular.
However, I have a few suggestions of my own.
If you’re not skittish about getting arrested, chased or into fights, you can make cream pies and pop random people in the face, while shouting, “It’s Pi Day!”
You can invite your 20 closest friends and associates over for a pizza pie eating contest. The first to regurgitate loses. (Please record and post on YouTube)
You can celebrate with like minded people by looking up phone numbers to businesses you think would care and yelling, “Happy Pi Day” when they answer the phone. Y’all cheer, then hang up. If you then begin to have a conversation about the celebration, I’ll feel sad for you.
And now, a little pi humor – well, as humorous as pi can get.
3.14 percent of sailors are pi-rates.
What is the official animal of Pi Day? The pi-thon.
The mathematician says, “Pi r squared.” The baker replies, “No, pies are round. Cakes are square.”