Happy Pi Day!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SilentPanda, Mar 14, 2005.

1. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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Can't believe Doctor Q didn't post this already but...

Happy 3.14! Although maybe he was waiting for the 159........ Who knows with Q...

Sorry if you live in one of those dd/mm/yy places. I do think it makes more sense but... what can you do in the bamboo forest?

Now go eat pie!

Edit:

Looks like Q already put it in the 3 4 5 6 7 8 thread... drat.

2. Daveway macrumors 68040

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Sorry, for a second there I felt dumb. Can you please explain?

3. clayj macrumors 604

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Pi is (roughly) 3.141592653... today is 3/14.

I wonder if anything important happened at 3/14 1:59:26.53?

4. SilentPanda thread starter Moderator emeritus

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pi = 3.14(159....)

Today is 3/14.

So it's Pi day!

5. Daveway macrumors 68040

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Sure, it's just that the value of the constant pi is 3.14159...

Therefore, today, 3/14, is pi day. Now, if the year were 2015, it would be even better, then you could have 3/14/15 9:26:53.59. That would approximate pi within 1/10^12 (wow!).

7. emw macrumors G4

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Pi = 3.14159...., or 3.14 for short. Or March 14th - 3.14, hence Pi Day.

In honor of Pi day, I like to

- have circular arguments
- eat only round or spherical objects
- drink only beverages out of cylindrical containers
- refuse to eat "3 square meals" or adhere to the "food pyramid"

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You raise a good point; July 22 (22/7 for our friends across the pond) should also be celebrated, as it is the fractional approximation of pi.

9. emw macrumors G4

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Well, Doctor Q is on the west coast, so perhaps he can find a roundabout way of making something happen at that time (PST).

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emw, this is totally unrelated, but your basketball team massacred us three times (well, twice, it was just a slaughter, one was truly a massacre). However, we're still better than you at making fun of half-time shows. Did you see the column in the Daily Northwestern? Oh, Nick Collins, such a funny sports columnist.

11. SilentPanda thread starter Moderator emeritus

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Doh... I guess that does look like I'm trying to make a fraction... I'll edit it.

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13. MOFS macrumors 65816

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Not if you're in the UK (or any other country that writes dates as dd/mm/yy). Guess we'll have to do a Homer Simpson-esque "make up a month" moment - 3rd of Februaugust anybody?

Ah well, maybe just a 22nd of July day then...

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Ok, ok, but for fear of hijacking this thread, I'll post it in a new one...Here it is

15. emw macrumors G4

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Just post it in one of the current NCAA basketball threads. I believe there are about 3.14159 of them currently active.

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You caught me 22/7 seconds too late!

17. emw macrumors G4

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Ah, we're just manipulating the way we write dates or times or whatever to squeeze it into what we want. Very few people that I know right dates with decimal points in the first place. Besides, don't you write 3.14 as 3,14?

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19. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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I had spaghetti and home made meatballs (not entirely round, but still...)

Don't know, but I haven't seen anything but round (cylidrical) glasses since the 70's...

20. emw macrumors G4

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Man, I can't get away with anything!

I was thinking cylindrical along the lines of, say, a can of beer, as opposed to a carton of milk. And don't tell me you never drink right from the carton...

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22. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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Click here if you've ever wondered what 2,097,152 (958 pages) of pi looks like.

It took me about 2.5 minutes to crunch that on a G3 400MHz. I make no claims of its accuracy.

23. MOFS macrumors 65816

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Nah thats the French. And 22/07/2005 would obviously work (moins the year) because (as I'm sure you know) "/" = divide! 3/14 never works...