We are soon to experience the last Pi Day of this century. On 14 March 2016, or 3-14-16 as Americans write it, we shall have a date which looks approximately like pi. As you surely know, the first several digits of that irrational number are 3.14159, which rounds off to 3.1416. That’s close enough for calendar purposes. The 14th of March last year was numerically better — if you stop after the first few digits — and for that occasion we wrote Tomorrow Is Pi Day.
However, the Pi Day website is far less numerically fastidious than we are. They say:
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.
That’s okay if you’re using a slide rule, but it’s not good enough for us, so 14 March of this year is that last Pi Day that we’ll observe — unless we’re still here a century from now.
As we’ve done before, we once again remind you about this fine old post: Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi. The bible describes a circular pond, ten cubits in diameter but only 30 cubits around.
And we have to mention the infamous Indiana Pi Bill of 1897, when the legislature of that state briefly considered a wacky bill which — among other things — would have changed the value of pi to 3.2.
But wait — there’s more. This weekend, as every year at this time, we are required to reset our clocks by moving them ahead one hour. In the US, this tyrannical mandate is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into all of our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year. What will they do next — require that we all embrace the Time Cube?
We don’t like re-setting our clocks, and our dogs are very unhappy with the results. But although we’ll be grumbling, we shall comply. It’s the Curmudgeonly way.
Okay, we’re done ranting. Now it’s time for an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. Use it for discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
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