Today is **“Pi Day.”** According to PiDay.org (not even kidding):

*“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.*

*Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”*

**Fascinating…** An irrational *and* transcendental number. **Really?** One trillion digits beyond its decimal point.** Wow!** I actually find this way more interesting:

I remember pi being one of those things that tortured me in high school, some random formula and fact we had to memorize and understand for reasons I have yet to comprehend, even at fifty-five. (Sidebar: In my entire adult life, I have never found it necessary to calculate *“…the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.”* **Never ever.** Thanks, Wikipedia!) My only association/remembrance of pi is a challenge by one of my middle school math teachers to my class – memorize pi to as many decimal points as possible. The reward? The winner received an automatic “A” on our next test. Me? I was able to memorize pi to ten decimal places, and only because I pretended it was a telephone number with an area code.

Some brainiac in my class memorized pi to 101 decimal places. I am sure that guy grew up to be a serial killer…

So while I do not really fully appreciate the relevance of pi in my life, I do celebrate pi and Pi Day – I am an equal opportunity holiday celebrator guy. But, in my personal celebration of Pi Day, rather than following the cerebral route, I think I shall instead seek out a gastronomical avenue to celebrate the day. I just need Martha Stewart’s help…

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