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# Happy Pi Day

#### Soulskill posted about 6 months ago | from the because-we're-nerds dept.

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mikejuk writes to let us know that today is Pi Day — 3/14 in American date notation. He writes, "This year, it feels as though we aren't celebrating alone. For the first time, it looks as if momentum has built up to the point where people have heard about Pi Day. There are even attempts to sell you Pi-related items as if it was a real holiday. But there is always some one to spoil the party so what ever you do to celebrate don't miss Vi Hart's Anti-Pi Rant video." Thus begins the yearly debate over Pi Day vs. Tau Day (June 28). Phil Plait has a post defending Pi Day's honor, and MIT isn't holding back their Pi Day celebrations.Large-scale celebration of Pi Day began in 1988, mostly through the efforts of physicists Larry Shaw and Ron Hipschmann at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The Exploratorium still runs Pi Day events 26 years later, including Pi-themed processions and pie for dessert. In 2009, Pi Day became semi-official through a vote by the House of Representatives. (They did a better job with Pi than did Indiana, who almost legislated it to be 3.2.)

The best way to celebrate Pi Day is to get together with some friends and talk math over a pie. You could even go for a pizza pie, since a pizza with radius 'z' and height 'a' has volume = pi * z * z * a. If you'd care for a game, head over to the Pi Day Challenge, which features a series of pi-related logic puzzles. Or just spend the day learning about pi.

Cool pi facts: Pi is currently known to about 10 billion decimal places. You can calculate pi using the Fibonacci sequence. A few years ago, Steven Rochen mapped the digits of pi to musical notes and turned it into a violin solo (video). Others have made music from pi as well. Mankind didn't know the first hundred digits of pi until the year 1701. How many digits of pi can you recite? The record for memorization currently stands at 67890 digits. The record for reciting pi while juggling three balls is just under 10,000.

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### I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### Lumpy (12016) | about 6 months ago | (#46482923)

SO therefore it is not a real holiday...

Damn it Hallmark, we demand Pi day greeting cards!

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46482991)

Hallmark cards... can't wait for:

Cover: 3.14159
Inside: Hope your Pi Day is divine.

### WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (1, Insightful)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483063)

Seriously, I am so SICK of hearing of "pi day." It is arbitrary and r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d. Wee-todd-did gay at that. I already know that I will be modded down, so here's to rubbing it in. There is nearly NO mathematical significance of "3/14/2014." How about we have a European Pi day of 14 Feb? That would be the third day of the fourteenth month of the previous year. Or how about an e day? Oh wait, the people here who think that pi day is cute have never used either constant in a day-to-day basis.

This is cute for elementary school students, sure, but WHY do you have to spew this drivel all over Slashdead?

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483113)

AND BY 14 FEB, I mean 3 FEB. I am in SUCH A RAGE that I cannot even do arithmetic. DIAF, Slashdead!

I saw my MISTAKE like as soon as I had posted, but this STUPID RESPAWN TIMER won't let me POST A CORRECTION.

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483301)

Ritalin

its a hell of a drug

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (3, Insightful)

#### avandesande (143899) | about 6 months ago | (#46483171)

Pretty much every 'holiday' is arbitrary and somewhat retarded (read about the history of Valentine's day for an example). Nice to have a day for math and geeks!

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483181)

This is cute for elementary school students, sure, but WHY do you have to spew this drivel all over Slashdead?

Given the drivel that makes up most of the stories recently, at least this one is fun drivel. (and an excuse to buy a pie after work)

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483281)

GO BAKE ME A PIE THEN, WOMAN!

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (1)

#### shentino (1139071) | about 6 months ago | (#46483663)

That's SUDO GO BAKE ME A PIE

### MOD PARENT UP (1)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483187)

Also, why don't we have a European Pi Approximation Day of 22/7? Seriously, who makes this stupid stuff up?

### Re:MOD PARENT UP (1)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483303)

July 22nd IS PI day in Europe, approximately.

### Re:MOD PARENT UP (1)

#### camperdave (969942) | about 6 months ago | (#46483427)

July 22nd IS PI day in Europe, approximately.

So if I am approximately in Europe, I can celebrate?

### Re:MOD PARENT UP (1)

#### egcagrac0 (1410377) | about 6 months ago | (#46484309)

It should really be July 21st, but very very late in the day.

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (2, Informative)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483347)

Because Pie is delicious and any excuse to eat it is a good one. Scrooge.

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483899)

Eat my balls, Yoda!

### Re:WHAT A RETARDED WASTE OF BREATH (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483843)

You piece of trash. You waste of breath. No one said you were obligated to click on the story. It's not ruining your personal life. Let others have their fun.

Goddamn, you suck.

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### Dan East (318230) | about 6 months ago | (#46483001)

Surely there are cards out there that say "Thinking of you" that show a big slice of pie on the front.

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### Cro Magnon (467622) | about 6 months ago | (#46483023)

I want 3.14 pieces of it.

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 6 months ago | (#46483951)

I want 3.14 pieces of it.

If you measure in radians, that is exactly half.

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### Anubis IV (1279820) | about 6 months ago | (#46483285)

Even so, it's more of a holiday than Tau day. You can't eat a tau, but you can certainly eat pi(e)!

### Tauism (2)

#### tepples (727027) | about 6 months ago | (#46483429)

The tau that can be eaten is not the true Tau [wikiquote.org] .

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483577)

I would contest that you can indeed, if you're a Tyranid...

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### StripedCow (776465) | about 6 months ago | (#46483739)

I wonder how many serious papers actually use tau instead of pi...

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (1)

#### Chris Mattern (191822) | about 6 months ago | (#46483837)

You can't eat a tau,

There are Tyranids that would disagree with that statement.

### Re:I cant buy Pi day greeting cards..... (3)

#### Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | about 6 months ago | (#46483295)

This is my one-year anniversary. The beauty if marrying an engineer is she didn't bat an eye when I suggested getting married 3/14 at 1:59 PM.

### What about the UK? (1)

#### David Betz (2845597) | about 6 months ago | (#46482927)

In the UK, it's Little Endian PI Day!

### Re: What about the UK? (1)

#### AmiMoJo (196126) | about 6 months ago | (#46483199)

Pi Day outside America is 31/4/2014. Next year will be the closest we have ever come to the perfect Pi Day as the date will be 31/4/15 in two digit year format.

### Re: What about the UK? (1)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483357)

Pi Day outside America is 31/4/2014. Next year will be the closest we have ever come to the perfect Pi Day as the date will be 31/4/15 in two digit year format.

30 days hath September, April, June and November...

### Re: What about the UK? (1)

#### The Grassy Knoll (112931) | about 6 months ago | (#46483391)

Pi Day outside America is 31/4/2014. Next year will be the closest we have ever come to the perfect Pi Day as the date will be 31/4/15 in two digit year format.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November

### Re: What about the UK? (1)

#### Patch86 (1465427) | about 6 months ago | (#46484275)

In a maths-related discussion, that sort of mistake just has to sting.

### 30 days hath September, April... (1)

#### tepples (727027) | about 6 months ago | (#46483451)

There is no 31st day of April. Europe uses 22 July.

### Re: What about the UK? (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483889)

Want to multiply your life savings? Lend them to me and I will pay you back tenfold the next of your pi days.

### Re: What about the UK? (1)

#### arth1 (260657) | about 6 months ago | (#46484025)

Wouldn't Pi Day be when, if you see the year as a circle (which many do), you have passed the diameter's length of it?
I.e. April 26th?

### Re:What about the UK? (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484325)

Internet standard: 2014-03-14

### steak & bj day too (0)

#### i.r.id10t (595143) | about 6 months ago | (#46482947)

To make up for Valentines day... it is steak & a blow job day as well.

### Re:steak & bj day too (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483313)

To make up for Valentines day... it is steak & a blow job day as well.

### Pi + Einstein + Life, The Universe, and Everything (5, Interesting)

#### Jason Levine (196982) | about 6 months ago | (#46482993)

Not only is today Pi day, but it is Albert Einstein's birthday also (he would've been 135 today). Also, 3 * 14 = 42 so today is also the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything!

### Re:Pi + Einstein + Life, The Universe, and Everyth (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483449)

That.

And also, I love pi day because it makes nerds grumpy. And I loooooooooove grumpy nerds. They're very cute (and also potentially dangerous, hence the AC).

### Re:Pi + Einstein + Life, The Universe, and Everyth (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483787)

Not only is today Pi day, Albert Einstein's birthday, and the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, but also Men's Valentines day AKA Steak and BJ day!

### next year will be better (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483015)

since it will be 3/14/15

### Re:next year will be better (1)

#### mwvdlee (775178) | about 6 months ago | (#46483067)

I will celebrate this fact by eating a very slighly inaccurate pie this year.
Next year though... it's gonna be perfect!

### Re:next year will be better (1)

#### camperdave (969942) | about 6 months ago | (#46483537)

15? Did you miss the whole Y2K catastrophe? Next year will be 2015, not 15.

### Re:next year will be better (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484191)

no, it will be either 15/3/14 or 14/3/15. what an idiotic system is this american system ? least significant part of the date in the middle ????

### Rest of World (4, Funny)

#### CodeArtisan (795142) | about 6 months ago | (#46483069)

In the rest of the world, Pi Day is approximately 22/7.

### Re:Rest of World (1)

#### Quirkz (1206400) | about 6 months ago | (#46483109)

I was going to guess it's the third day of whatever month comes after Smarch.

### Re:Rest of World (1)

#### Nemetz (1736896) | about 6 months ago | (#46483317)

In the rest of the world, we have the Pi month. XX/3/14. Take that, ameridudes! Unfortunately, only every 1000 years

### Re:Rest of World (3, Insightful)

#### Idbar (1034346) | about 6 months ago | (#46483443)

Pretentious! Just as the Americans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D... [wikipedia.org]

If you use the notation dd-mm, you'd get a mere 15 (22-7).

### Re:Rest of World (1)

#### Amorymeltzer (1213818) | about 6 months ago | (#46483601)

This is the first Pi day that Americans can co-celebrate with their international brethren.
03/14/14 Vs. 14/03/14

### Re:Rest of World (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483855)

Yes, but it's mostly limited to their chinese, iranian, hungarian, japanese, korean lithuanian and mongolian brethren.

The rest of us, little-endian daters will just have to wait a few months...summer, yay!

### Re:Rest of World (2)

#### jellomizer (103300) | about 6 months ago | (#46483955)

Lets ignore that fact this is is 14/03/2014. oblig XKCD [xkcd.com]
I just love it when we try to find meaning in something, after we choose to ignore aspects of it.

### Re:Rest of World (1)

#### edxwelch (600979) | about 6 months ago | (#46484177)

In Albama they use the bibical value for pi: http://www.nmsr.org/alabama.ht... [nmsr.org]

### bought a piece of pie this morning (2, Funny)

tasted like chalk dust. how'd math professors get a holiday, anyway?

### A little late for Tau (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483083)

We would all love to go back in time and define electrons as the having a positive charge, not a negative one, but it's a little late for that. The same is true of tau.

### 3-14 (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483103)

Geeks can keep their pi. For real men it's steak and blow job day

### 3/14/15 (4, Interesting)

#### hcs_\$reboot (1536101) | about 6 months ago | (#46483183)

...will make a even better PI day next year...

### Re:3/14/15 (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483235)

3/14/16 is even more accurate and thus the best pi day of all.

### Re:3/14/15 (1)

#### hcs_\$reboot (1536101) | about 6 months ago | (#46483365)

Nope, 3/14/15, then 0.92653589 of a day, i.e. 3/14/15 22:14:12

### Waiting for 6/28/31 (1)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483613)

I'm personally waiting for the full Tau Day.

Unless Apophis crashes in to us, that is. God damned snakes.

### More like Vi Fart, amiright? (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483231)

So, I see the highly overrated Vi Hart finally jumped the shark, and jumped it hard.

### I'd only care if there was Pie involved. (1)

#### MXB2001 (3023413) | about 6 months ago | (#46483241)

How silly is the culture getting anyways.

### Re:Pi is wrong! (1)

#### Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#46483353)

PI isn't wrong. They just think there's a better way to calculate the dimensions of circle. You can still use PI and it will still be correct.

### PI! (5, Informative)

#### Charliemopps (1157495) | about 6 months ago | (#46483311)

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### Re:PI! (2)

#### bjoast (1310293) | about 6 months ago | (#46483709)

This is incomplete.

### Re:PI! (1)

#### hcs_\$reboot (1536101) | about 6 months ago | (#46483849)

At least you know how to copy and paste

### Re:PI! (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483995)

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### Re:PI! (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484123)

I heard from Carl Sagan that in base-11 the digits of pi eventually look like this:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ACbSm4Vfw54/UaEnPHoBzmI/AAAAAAAAAss/HyYS1AKPOa8/s1600/Circle+w+0%27s+&+1%27s.jpg

### 3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0, Troll)

#### jopet (538074) | about 6 months ago | (#46483341)

even more idiotic than using absurd units like F, inches, miles and ounces.
You are embarrassing yourself, US.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483523)

Not really.

It better matches how it is spoken and written in other forms.. It March 14th (3/14). Saying it is14th of March (14/3) does is correct but more verbose and does not roll of the tongue as easy.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483861)

It better matches how it is spoken IN AMERICA you tit. For the rest of the world, saying March 14th makes people think you are a retarded merkin.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484269)

Too bad there are so few pieces of Eurotrash that are worth talking to, otherwise that might be a good point.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484353)

There's more to the RoW than Europe you prick.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (1)

#### jopet (538074) | about 6 months ago | (#46483887)

I guess that is also why you write down "seventeen" as 710? oh wait ...

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483973)

That's like saying English doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as Spanish (or any other language for that matter), simply because it's the way you are used to speaking.

From my own personal experience, Spanish flows much more faster and effortlessly than English and "catorce de marzo" is quite easy to speak, while "marzo catorce" is just weird. Also, setting the threshold for verbose at just two letters in a single phoneme seems like overkill, if you were comparing "march 14th" to "the fourtheenth day of the third month by the gregorian calendar in the year of our lord two thousand and fourteen, two hundred and seventh after the independence of these here fine united states"...then yeah, verbose. But c'mon

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (1)

#### Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 6 months ago | (#46483625)

It really doesn't matter how you write the damn thing. When viewed in whole, it means the same thing. Also, that is how it is spoken; and it is spoken that way because the day of the month is absolutely useless with out context of a month. Even just a month can tell you if it was winter or summer, but 14 only tells you rent was due 13 days ago, unless they were talking about April.

But thanks for giving me a reason to post at 00:10 AM, because I am leaving work at 30:3 PM today! Oh, what, smallest to largest doesn't work on that measurement... huh, seems arbitrary.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (1)

#### jopet (538074) | about 6 months ago | (#46483937)

it matters in all contexts where it is not clear from the outset if the date was written following the dumb US convention or how nearly everyone else on this world does it.
Although, personally I would actually even prefer the MM-DD convention when it would only be used with the ISO way to write dates: YYYY-MM-DD which should really be the only way how anyone writes down dates.

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483941)

It is spoken that way IN AMERICA you nob-end, not in the rest of the world!

### Re:3/14 is an idiotic way to write down a date. (1)

#### slapout (93640) | about 6 months ago | (#46484153)

Why is this a bad way? You're writing the month first, which doesn't change often, then your writing down the day which does change often. It makes perfect sense.

#### camperdave (969942) | about 6 months ago | (#46483371)

If you want to use pi, then you should be using the angle subtended by the length of the diameter, not the radius, as the basis of your angle measurements. Be consistent.

#### dkf (304284) | about 6 months ago | (#46483521)

If you want to use pi, then you should be using the angle subtended by the length of the diameter, not the radius, as the basis of your angle measurements. Be consistent.

The reason why radians are what they are is because then the length of the arc (of a unit circle) that subtends the angle R is exactly R. That's really convenient. (You could use diameter, but in real work you've got the radius far more often than the diameter.)

And any other ratio (especially tau!) doesn't satisfy the Eulerian identity, so can't be nearly so beautiful.

#### camperdave (969942) | about 6 months ago | (#46484351)

The reason why radians are what they are is because then the length of the arc (of a unit circle) that subtends the angle R is exactly R.

Yes, and how many radians are there in a circle? Tau.

And any other ratio (especially tau!) doesn't satisfy the Eulerian identity, so can't be nearly so beautiful.

e^i*tau=1 [youtube.com] seems a lot more beautiful than e^i*pi=-1 to me. It gets rid of that ugly minus one.

### ISO 8601 (1)

#### ericloewe (2129490) | about 6 months ago | (#46483379)

I will take this opportunity to complain about the American way to write dates, which is pretty stupid, as it's neither big-endian or little-endian and leads to massive confusions for any day numbered 12 or less.

ISO 8601 makes perfect sense as dates are represented in a big-endian format, like all other human-readable numbers (One thousand two hundred and thirty four is 1234, not 4321).

I perfectly understand those who prefer little-endian dates (I used to until I learned of ISO 8601), but have a strong distaste for the crazy American way, which makes deciphering dates profoundly confusing.

tl;dr It's PI month!

### Re:ISO 8601 (1)

I also hate when people use slashes or dots to write dates.

### Re:ISO 8601 (1)

#### CastrTroy (595695) | about 6 months ago | (#46483635)

Yes, this and putting the dollar/currency sign before the number. Some people, including the people in Quebec put the dollar sign after the number. Which makes a lot more sense, if you think of the \$ (or other currency) as the units of measurement. Plus, it's the way we say it when read. We don't say "I have dollars 2". We say "I have 2 dollars" so it should be written 2\$.

### Re:ISO 8601 (1)

#### Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 6 months ago | (#46483699)

Actually some cultures say it "1 dollar 99", which would be written 1\$99, and could even replace using the decimal point! Imagine the bandwidth savings world wide!

Seriously though, I like it in front. I like how Spanish puts the question/exclamation mark before the sentence so I know how to interpret it as I am reading. This is similar to the date. The day of the month has very little meaning without the context of the month, so instead of wonder how to process that 14 until you say March, I can already know you said March, it's spring time, my birthday is soon, and then when you put in the number I know it's Pi Day even without the year.

### Re:ISO 8601 (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483913)

Which format commonly used in the US annoys you 2014-03-14 like on bank transactions and logs or 3-14-2014 on letters or when they spell out the entire month March 14th, 2014 on a formal document or contract. I'm confused, isn't there differences between formal and informal correspondences where you are?

### Re:ISO 8601 (2)

#### munch117 (214551) | about 6 months ago | (#46484121)

No no, it makes sense to base pi day on American date notation. After all, pi also is irrational!

### Re:ISO 8601 (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484189)

The confusion in this method of picking Pi Day clearly comes from trying to assign an irrational number to a day on the Gregorian calendar, a process which is clearly flawed. The joy of Pi is that it describes the arc of a circle, which is rather close to the shape of the orbit of the Earth. That orbit, of course, defines the year. Therefore, using the solar year as the foundation, we can (somewhat arbitrarily) call the northern hemisphere's winter solstice Day 0. Once we do this, the spring equinox will therefore be Pi/2 Day, the vernal solstice is the actual Pi Day, and the fall equinox is 3/2 Pi Day. Then, of course, we start over.

There's no need for silly dating conventions, when the universe defines the day for us!

Happy week before Pi/2 Day!

### I thought the year had 12 months? (-1)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483535)

When is the 3rd day of the 14th month? Ah I get it, that's why it's called Pi day, it's irrational!

### Re:I thought the year had 12 months? (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483997)

rtfs, it clearly says in American notation.

### I would have clicked on the MIT link (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483743)

I would have clicked on the MIT link, but then thought of Aaron Schwartz, and thought, no. I don't care how 'good natured and fun' the seem, they aren't geeks over there, they are corporate rat bastards. That's burned karma you can't ever get back.

### lol (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46483767)

Thus begins the yearly debate over Pi Day vs. Tau Day (June 28).

Proving once again that when you get past all the nonsense, we really just hate eachother.

### Today is half Tau day (1)

#### mtbink.com (3559991) | about 6 months ago | (#46483831)

I am waiting for Tau Day not Pi Day.

### isn't American (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484039)

but standard date notation works: 2014-03-14

(other people call it international notation but I don't believe in nations)

#### gregor-e (136142) | about 6 months ago | (#46484051)

You can calculate any arbitrary digit of pi in hexadecimal without calculating the preceding digits [hmc.edu] .

### Screw Pi Di (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484215)

Today is Steak and BJ day!

### Steak and BJ day (3, Informative)

#### Winter (87716) | about 6 months ago | (#46484327)

It also happens to be Steak and BJ day...
http://www.officialsteakandblo... [officialst...jobday.com]

### Happy Pi Day! (0)

#### Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46484335)

Eat pie today! Increase your circumference!

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