Welcome to Pi Day, which sadly does not include anything baked by my granny.
Rather, Pi Day is about math, which journalists are generally not as good at as dessert consumption, and celebrates a never-ending number usually abbreviated to 3.14 (or 3.14159 by those toting big calculators).
Pi is useful for figuring out stuff about circles (and wheels, which are useful on things like cars).
The U.S. government, which can’t balance a budget using addition and its tricky pal, subtraction, saw fit to recognize 3/14 as Pi Day in 2009.
Ever since, the buzz has been growing.
Today, there’s even a website about Pi Day that offers to sell you stuff.
The history of pi is almost as long as an irrational number.
“The only constant is change,” said Heraclitus circa 500 B.C.
A nice quote, but a couple hundred years later fellow ancient Greek Archimedes stewed up the formula that nerds celebrate even today.
So here’s to pi! Let’s hope Pi Day founder Larry Shaw is out there right now celebrating by figuring out the diameter of a manhole in busy traffic.