When I was 16 years old, my 12th-grade calculus teacher, Mr. Campbell, kicked-off a lesson on pi with an ill rhyme I’ll never forget: “Sine cosine, cosine sine, 3.14159!” Sixteen years later, I still bust out that phat pi rhyme and geek out about March 14. “But why?” you might ask. Well, to be honest, I really don’t know, other than to celebrate an infinite mathematical symbol and eat lots of pie.
For those who don’t know, pi (π) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant, like dessert in my diet. Pi by definition is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it has been calculated to one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.
I believe there is zero coincidence that a pie is also circular and has been responsible for adding numbers before and after the decimal point on my bathroom scale. There are many things one can do to celebrate Pi Day, such as planning a pi-themed activity, like running 3.14 miles, wearing clothes with the pi symbol, or baking a pie. My March 14 normally consists of texting my friends tasty little Pi Day gifs, posting pi images on Instagram and indulging in pie-like foods, including quiche, pizza, and of course, homemade pie.
So, this Pi Day, do something fun, let your geek flag fly and have yourself a large slice of sweet, nerdy pie.
Pi Day Fun Facts: A Taste of History on 3/14
Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine, revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern United States.
Albert Einstein is born.
U.S. currency goes on gold standard after Congress passes the Currency Act.
John D. Rockefeller gives $100 million to Rockefeller Foundation.
First theater built for rear movie projection (NYC).
Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points.
The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes.
Stephen Curry, American basketball player and NBA star (Golden State Warriors), was born in Akron, Ohio.
First time for 13 people to be in space together.
President Clinton trips and tears up his knee requiring surgery.
Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria.