Pi in the sky

Math has never been my thing. I have lots of respect for it and I’m glad it rocks the world of geniuses everywhere, but my feet are firmly planted in the artistic and the abstract – except on Pi Day.

Today – March 14, the fourteenth day of the third month, very much like 3.14 – is Pi Day. I am not making this up. There is a website for it and everything. Today the beauty of pi will be celebrated by geeks across the universe and pie-lovers like me. Anything properly celebrated must involve yummies. And pi properly celebrated demands pie, of course. That’s a no-brainer – even for a right-brained wordsmith like me.

Okay so it’s not even 11 a.m. on West Coast at this typing moment, so I can’t eat the pie yet. I don’t even HAVE the pie yet. (Note to self: Pick up pie at Marie Callendar’s before they run out. It is Pi Day, after all. . .)

Instead, to kill a few minutes, I hopped onto the Pi Day website and quickly learned Pi Day is 20 years old. The first Pi Day celebration was held at the San Fransisco Exploratorium in 1988, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, and then consuming fruit pies.

There’s a lot I could tell you about Pi from this highly rational site, like there’s a special fraternity of people who can recite line upon line upon of pi’s never-ending decimals, but the right-brained me likes the Pi-Ku the best (think Haiku with pi in mind). Here are my faves:

Three point one
et cetera
(by Tricia)

Hello Pi
Endless digits
(By Richard)

Only pi

In the Bible.
(by Matthew, who also says, “Check it out for yourself; it involves the dimensions of the altar in the Temple”)

How I love
perfect circle.
(by Mark)

Haiku is
enough, okay?
(by Liz)

And the best of them all:

Apple Pie
No math for me

(by Jim K)

Jim, wherever you are, you rock.

And here’s my own Pi-Ku:

Table leg
Pi’s cute, right side
(by Sooz)

I include here a kicky little picture of pi so you can see how devilishly cute that right side is.

OK, now it’s your town. Lay some Pi Ku on the Edge. Here’s the formula: 3 syllables, 1 syllable, 4 syllables.

Don’t by shy. Celebrate pi. . .

Author: Susan

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