Celebrate "Pi Day" by throwing hot dogs down a hallway

No, that's not a euphemism for anything. Buffon's Needle is an 18th-century experiment in probability mathematics and geometry that can be used as a way to calculate pi through random sampling. This WikiHow posting explains how you can recreate Buffon's Needle at home, by playing with your food.


  1. Thanks for the link to Buffon’s Needle. When I posted this method here a few months ago (albeit with toothpicks), I didn’t know it had a name; now I do. Yay! for today.

  2. First thing I thought of was the Hipster Grifter. I remember it being reported as a pickup line of hers. Wonder what happened to her (I know, Google is my bestie).

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