back to article O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

At 1:59 in the morning on Friday, March 14 – or, for convenience, at 1:59 in the afternoon – take a moment to pause and contemplate π (aka pi), as, if you write your date US style, that's the moment to celebrate the universal glory that is Pi Day. Yes, one more year has come and and gone, and it's again time to continue a …

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Joke

Erm...

"Next year the celebration will be held on 3/14/15, commencing at exactly 9:26 and 53 seconds. ®"

Should be "Next year the celebration will be held on 14/3/15, commencing at exactly 9:26 and 53 seconds. ®"

Thank you very much indeed.

Even if it does bugger it up!!!!

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Surely we should celebrate on 31st April ?

For convenience this could be 1st May :-)

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Re: Erm...

3rd January, 4:15am/pm

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on the 31st April we should wish each other a Happy i day or Happy j day (as per your personal preference) to celebrate imaginary numbers.

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Oh hell.. we're IT so let's just celebrate them all.... just because we can and there's no slide rule icon ---------------->

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Is it possible for you Brits to be any more provincial? Some folks denote dates in different ways than you do, y'now?

Crikey...

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Re: Erm...

Does not the same objection stand valid against Overpuddlians telling us that a date denoted their way is significant?

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Not in the bloody UK they don't and as THIS is a UK site, then we win by default...

Strewth, luv-a-duck etc.

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"Is it possible for you Brits to be any more provincial? Some folks denote dates in different ways than you do, y'now?"

First of all this site is british (.co.uk should be a giveaway). Sure some folks denotes dates in different way, however most of the world denotes in little-endian (DDMMYYYY), some with alternate big-endian (YYYYMMDD) notation. I think you will find that merkins are pretty much alone with the odd middle-endian notation.

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Hey, I posted that last year, and was suitably corrected by a kind commentard who pointed out that 31st April was May Day.

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So Pi = 2.0140314

I must remember that.

Obligatory xkcd

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I'll just hold off any celebrations till the 28th of June thanks.

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So you'll celebrate Tau Day, not to-day? :)

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Actually that probably should be June 28th.... Now that I had my coffee...

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Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

Here in the uk it's 14/3 today. We could celebrate on 22/7, which is slightly more accurate than 3.14 anyway.

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

And Belize, if you squint...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

When do they celebrate in Indiana? (where pi = 3)

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

In America Pi is 14.3 ... IIRC ours is different because of the metric system.

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

Especially as in the UK we are much smarter to make today Steak and BJ day.

Paris - 'natch

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

When do they celebrate in Indiana? (where pi = 3)

OMG you're right - that's crazymaddness!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

If you define Pi to be the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (which many people do) then all you need to do is significantly warp space-time (a singularity would do it) to alter the value of Pi (in the vicinity of the warp). Perhaps this is what they're aiming for in Indiana?

If the universe is a hypersphere (debatable, the hyper torus looks more yummy) and you draw a circle big enough (imagine you're standing at the north pole and draw a circle around the equator) then Pi is equal to 2. Make the circle bigger (you standing at north pole and drawing a circle round the south pole) and Pi becomes less than 1 (the diameter is longer than the circumference), shrinking down to 0.

Yep, you heard it here first -- Pi is variable and depends on the size of the circle and your locality.

Oh wait, Euclidean geometry? balls.

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

Teach the controversy!

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Re: Like so many other web stories, this only applies to America.

I bought my brothers a Raspberry Pi each a couple of Christmases ago. I told them that I'd set up an easy to remember password for them: 22/7. Cue blank looks all around until I explained that 22/7 is approximately Pi. What's worse is that one of them even took maths in uni :(

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Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling. In mystic force and magic spelling. Celestial sprites elucidate. All my own striving can't relate

Count the letters of each word

335/113 is a pretty good approximation so why not celebrate at 03:55 on the 11th of March

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The Guardian has an article today on this literary form ... and in the comments section people have been attempting to follow it. One of the more popular attempts is

"Get a life"

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Silly Yanks; cant even get their days and months the right way round.

(REMEMBER 11/9 DISASTER??)

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The Berlin Wall fell on 9/11, and it's nice of the Americans to remember

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I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

I decide when Pie day is. (As often as possible.)

(beer: goes well with Pie, or pasties.)

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Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

Pi day? e! (by gum)

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Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

we should all support pie day ...

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Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

In the UK we have National Pie Week which, unfortunately, you've just missed... it ran from 3rd to 9th March this year;

http://www.britishpieweek.co.uk/

This seems to be one area where we Brits are better off than our cousins across the pond... they only get a National Pie Day in the US, which appears to coincide with Pi Day (i.e. today);

http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/NationalPieDay

Clearly the British have a much greater appreciation of this king of foods!

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Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

I celebrate Pie Day on William Foulke's birthday.

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Grim up North day

e = 2nd July aba'ht half six... Just in time for tea

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Re: I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

But pi.e = 8.539734223, so I think they've got their maths wrong if they're celebrating from 3rd to 9th of March...

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Soundtrack

carrying a boom box playing PiTunes

Pi* by Kate Bush, one would hope.

*whether this can be regarded as a good song is a completely different question.

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We're getting 14 months next year?

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This is why we keep trying to ban leap seconds. It starts with a leap second here and a leap second there, and before you know it we're having leaps days every four years and then someone decides to insert two whole leap months.

Mine's the one with IERS Bulletin C in the pocket, thanks.

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I prefer celebrating Pi Approximation Day - the 22nd of July (22/7).

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Pi Day

As long as it's Raspberry

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Pi Day? You mean Half Tau Day surely...

Tau Manifesto

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Thank you for irritating me so early in the day

Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world, the USAmerican way of writing the date and time must be in at least the top ten.

Everyone knows that 3/14 is the Third of Novebruary.

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"Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

It's not exactly stupid - most people are more inclined to say "March 14th" than "the 14th of March", after all. It just isn't hierarchical to talk about March 14th 2014.

On the other hand, when sorting objects by date it's much easier to use MMM-DD than DD-MMM. Take a look at the Register's own URLs - all today's articles are filed in subdirectory /2014/03/14/. So for IT purposes the American system of expressing dates is superior ... at least, when you don't do it half-assed.

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

I seem to remember that Tom Cruise was "born on the 4th of July...."

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

it's not exactly stupid - most people are more inclined to say "March 14th" than "the 14th of March"

I'd definitely say "14th of March" rather than "March 14th" or even "March 14" as both of those sound American.

Anyway, lets do it properly and refer to it as "pridie ides martius" as while it may be pie today it must be jam tomorrow as, after all, Caesar adsum iam forte!

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

"It's not exactly stupid - most people are more inclined to say "March 14th" than "the 14th of March", after all. It just isn't hierarchical to talk about March 14th 2014."

Most people! You mean Americans and Radio 1 DJs

March isn't the 14th of anything. However most people understand the 14th 'day' of March.

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

If you want to sort in a lexical manner then you're right that it should be YYYYMMDD, but using MMDDYYYY doesn't help sort at all.

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" using MMDDYYYY doesn't help sort at all"

Which is exactly what I meant when I said "don't do it half-assed", so I have no idea why people are downthumbing me.

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

"On the other hand, when sorting objects by date it's much easier to use MMM-DD than DD-MMM. Take a look at the Register's own URLs - all today's articles are filed in subdirectory /2014/03/14/. So for IT purposes the American system of expressing dates is superior ... at least, when you don't do it half-assed."

That is YYYY-MM-DD and yes it is superior for IT use but it is still not the stupid, brain dead, fucked up way of writing dates that yanks use.

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Re: "Of all the many and varied stupid things in the world"

Thank you. +1

I think you're referring to the Swiss system. I use it for almost everything (even in the UK, where we have it in order, but backwards).

Of course, "America" (that is, the USA), is the spiritual home of the semi-buttock.

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