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π Day (redux)

screenshot of Ohio teacher's pageMy weblog stats have gone up considerably in the past few days, in part because a math teacher in Ohio is linking to last year’s π Day post. She even used Clare’s π pie photo from that post.

It seems a lot of folks search the Internet for “pi day” related stuff around the middle of March and this blog got several hits. Not millions or even thousands, but dozens — which is rare for Cluch Cargo Lips.

Last year I searched for songs about π for my Jeux Sans Frontiers blog but didn’t find too many fun ones. I ended up using American Pie. I didn’t realize I had one on CD. Kate Bush’s newest album has a song called π in which she sings the first 150 digits of π* but according to this guy, she made a mistake at digit 54.

*which is almost as much fun as Mrs. Bartolozzi in which she repeats “Washing Machine” ad nauseum. (just kidding. I love Kate Bush!)

π
by Kate Bush

Sweet and gentle and sensitive man
With an obsessive nature and deep fascination
For numbers
And a complete infatuation with the calculation
Of π

Oh he love, he love, he love
He does love his numbers
And they run, they run, they run him
In a great big circle
In a circle of infinity

3.14159 26535897932
3846 264 338 3279

Oh he love, he love, he love
He does love his numbers
And they run, they run, they run him
In a great big circle
In a circle of infinity
But he must, he must, he must
Put a number to it

50288419 716939937510
582319749 44 59230781
6406286208 8214 80865132

Oh he love, he love, he love
He does love his numbers
And they run, they run, they run him
In a great big circle
In a circle of infinity

82306647 0938446095 505 8223…

©2005 Noble & Brite

Drums: Stuart Elliott
Bass: Eberhard Weber
Guitar: Dan McIntosh
Keyboards: Kate
Additional Vocals: Lol Creme

Happy Pi Day to You!

Happy Pi DayMy daughter informed me that March 14 (3.14 – get it?) was Pi Day and needed a pie to earn 5 bonus points in geometry so we ran off to the store and bought a pumpkin pie, some candles shaped like the numbers three, one and four and some M&Ms®.

She also drew a picture of Homer Simpson as Pieman.

This website lists some ways you can celebrate this special day.

How are you going to celebrate?

YouTube has several pages of videos dedicated to Pi Day.

19. Happy Pi Day to You

Yesterday afternoon my daughter informed me that today was Pi Day and she could earn five bonus points if she brought a pie to geometry class.

Sure enough – it’s Pi Day alright. The Internet told me so. And several musicians have written songs about it. Although it really is only Pi Day in the US because we put the month before the day when we write our dates. (Do any other countries do that? Canada perhaps?)

My favorite pie song is the Don McLean one though. I first heard American Pie the year it was recorded, in 1971. I’m sure of that. The day after I heard it I was standing outside my junior high school – it was 9th grade. I was fifteen. I was trying to describe the song to my best friend, Cindy. She was either not paying attention, or didn’t care. I recall being frustrated, but not as frustrated as I was weeks later when she described the most fabulous song she’d ever heard. It was the same song. That happened a lot with Cindy.

I still like American Pie, but so does everyone else. It was my son’s favorite song for years.

And then there’s this.