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    1. I found “Read the rest” ominous.

      Does anyone else know this?  Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling in mystic verse and magic spelling…

    1.  As irrational as pi may seem, nonetheless it is transcendent, and thus provides a rational basis for display and discussion.

  1. No, for several reasons.
    1. in the UK it is 14.3 so no Pi
    2. maybe in 1592 you might have had a spurious claim (3.14.1592) but not today (3.14.2012???) 
    3. date systems are abstract cultural inventions with no relationship to universal constants.Sorry.

    1. 1. Unless you use the ISO standard, so 2012-03-14
      2. Were there 14 months in a year in 1592?
      3. Wrong, Pi Day itself is such a relationship :)

    2. Wow, you’re weird.  Apparently it’s dreadfully important to you to get the message out: “Pi day is LIE day!”

      Of course, all celebrations and holidays are abstract cultural inventions with no relationship to the structure of the universe.  You don’t celebrate New Year’s?

      1. Shit, THAT’s what I did wrong! I had always heard it as “Pi day is LYE day.”

        So that’s why the cops were called after the Pi day bake-sale.

  2. I wonder how many people have, like me, clicked “Read The Rest” hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

    It would be awesome if this were a dynamic post, constantly adding digits onto the end.

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  4. @Cory (if you ever check the comments on your post): did you vixit xkcd.com because I mentioned it in my mail? That’d be a funny coincidence…

    1. As printed, it’s rational because it’s truncated.  In real life,  it’s not only irrational, it’s transcendental.   At least it’s not imaginary.

    2. It’s been proven Pi is irrational by proving it is not rational.
      Which proves we do not live in an ideal world.

    1. Perhaps the only time in my reading career where I seriously hesitated before clicking the “Read the rest” link.

    1. Ratio of a circle’s circumference (the circly part) to its diameter (a cut through the middle).  pi/4 is the ratio of a regular hamburger to a wendy’s hamburger.

  5. You only need to specify Pi to 41 decimal places to calculate the circumference of the universe to an accuracy less than that of the diameter of one proton.
    which is only: 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716

  6. I went to college with a guy who could write it out on a roll of toilet paper until he ran out of paper.  I wonder what he’s up to these days…

    1. I would guess that he’s probably up to at least 212810419044804724794929134228495197002260131043006241071797150279343326340799596053144605323048852897291765987601666781193793237245385720960758227717848336161358261289622611812945592746276713779448758675365754486140761193112595851265575973457301533364263076798544338576171533346232527057200530398828949903425956623297578248873502925916682589445689465599265845476269452878051650172067478541788798227680653665064191097343452887833862172615626958265447820567298775642632532159429441803994321700009054265076309558846589517170914760743713689331946909098190450129030709956622662030318264936573369841955577696378762491885286568660760056602560544571133728684020557441603083705231224258722343885412317948138855007568938112493538631863528708379984569261998179452336408742959118074745341955 by now.

  7. Portlandia style:

    “Did you read ‘Pi’ article on Boing Boing?”

    “I didn’t like the e… nevermind.”

  8. The billionth digit of Pi is 9.  (This fact bought to you by the Portal 2 fact sphere)

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