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International Pi Day, 3-14
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Later this week is international Pi Day, the celebration of all things circular.

I usually celebrate by cycling to a local park, meeting a bunch of my friends there, and playing baseball, volleyball, and/or frisbee before a picnic of pizza pie, shepherd pie, and fruit pie.

This year I'll be in the wilds of California, camping, so I don't know how well it will work.

What are YOUR plans for Pi Day?

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posted 3/10/2009
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My son will probably wear his Pi T-shirt. In Wilton, WI, just off the Elroy-Sparta trail, there is a restaurant named Pies R Square and they serve, you guessed it, square shaped pies. I will have to make sure French Silk pie which is this son's favorite.

I have another son who is very gifted at math. He wants to major in; Actuarial Science. They have good job prospects. He's having trouble with the whole college thing though.

Howard, you must be from Indiana. The house side of the state legislature there once passed a bill declaring that the value of Pi would be 3. I have no idea what would have happened if the bill had become law.

Me personally, I will be leading the annual Schaumburg Bicycle Club Sugar Bush festival ride to the park district Sugar Bush festival where they have demonstrations of and explanations of tapping maple trees for sap and boiling the sap down to syrup and sugar. They also have a big tent set up for a breakfast where they serve, wait for it, pancakes with genuine artificial store bought maple flavored syrup (although you can taste test various grades of real maple syrup and even see if you can tell the difference between real and artificial). After, I may meet up with dmalshere1 and maybe we will go somewhere for lunch that serves pie.

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Pie aren't squared, pie are round. ...
-- posted by 67walkon


Pi are round. CORNBREAD are square.

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I haven't celebrated pi day since 1592

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... [an Indiana] bill declaring that the value of Pi would be 3. I have no idea what would have happened if the bill had become law.

-- posted by Redsfan

Simple -- the circumferences of Indiana pies would become just a bit smaller compared to their diameters. Still as much to eat, just a bit more compact.

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... [an Indiana] bill declaring that the value of Pi would be 3. I have no idea what would have happened if the bill had become law.

-- posted by Redsfan

Simple -- the circumferences of Indiana pies would become just a bit smaller compared to their diameters. Still as much to eat, just a bit more compact.
-- posted by Howard
But that would mean they wouldn't be round anymore. Maybe not a disaster for pies, but imagine riding a bicycle whose wheels aren't round.

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posted 3/10/2009
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I think that would result in a hexagonal circle. A bit bouncy if you are riding on hexgonal wheels. Not as bad as square wheels of course.

www.macalester.edu/mathcs/SquareWheelBike.html

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pecan pie

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So ... what flavor are you having today?

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posted 3/14/2009
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lotsa tender little apricots, each with their own near perfect roundness will be split and pitted, then placed lovingly into a flaky raleighdon special butter crust, mixed with just the right amount of sugar and flour, then baked at 425 degrees until it bubbles out of the top crust for precisely 3.14159265358979323846 minutes and after allowing it to cool for exactly 6.28318530717958647692 minutes, I will carve out a nice big fat slice and savor each tiny morsel. Then, he might get another.

Or to say it haiku'ickly:

Pi is not dessert.
Pi is not a measurement.
PI is life itself.

Signed,
Sir Raleighdon
Proud Knight of the Pi R Round Table

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posted 3/14/2009
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We "celebrated" Pi day at work on Friday. Believe me, there are few things in life more boring than 50-60 engineers pontificating on the history and exactness of pi. Until they revealed three entire tables of pie, then thing sgot a whole lot more interesting. I had a slice of maple pumpkin which was possibly the most incredible pie I've ever tasted, and a glob of peanut butter pie which tasted fantastic but had the consistency of runny pudding so it was a tad bit difficult to slice. Raleighdon, I thought of you when i saw those tables full of everything from apple to rhubarb to coconut cream and a few pies of unidentified variety. Once everyone had a chance to sample, the emcee gave up the floor to our American Idle who played and "sang" a few verses of American Pie, then a video clip from the film "Michael" in which Andie MacDowell sang "The Pie Song". Its really pretty amazing what people will sit through for free pie.
I think to celebrate the ACTUAL Pi Day, i will ride 31.4 miles. I know, my decimal point is off, but its the thought that counts, right?
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