Mark your
calendars! It is almost Pi Day! What is Pie Day you may ask? Well, it
a bit of fun based on math. The number

*pi*(the Greek letter π) is the ratio of the length around a circle (the perimeter) to the distance across (the diameter). So to calculate pi you just need to measure around the edge of a circle then divide by its width. The number you will get (depending on how well you measure) will be about 3.14. So just for fun people have started to call March 14th (3/14) Pi(e) day.
With
some more decimal places pi is about 3.14159265359... Would you look
at that? The next decimal places are “15” well that's this year
2015! Then if you take the next places and make them into a time we
could have 9:26:53.59. Which is a time, we could make it either AM or
PM. So this year Pi Day is more special since there is a time, a bit
before 9:30, that takes the decimal expansion of pi out to many
places. Well folks, OK some folks, are excited about this, and are
making a big deal out of it.

So
what is the right way to celebrate Pi Day? By having pie of course.
And there isn't much better than an excuse to eat pie. Even a silly
excuse. So what's a person to do if you are a mathematician and a
baker? Well, make pies. And plan for all day. Quiche for breakfast,
pot pies for lunch, and either shepherd's pie or pizza pie for
dinner. And don't forget all the dessert pies that can be made.

Do you have to eat
pie

*all day*? Well, no, I suppose you don't, though it's hard for me to imagine someone not eating pie all day given an excuse. But hey, that's me. But surely you can make an effort to have a slice of pie on Pi Day? And even if you don't bake, you can find a pie at one of the local restaurants or bakery. You've only got a couple weeks to prepare, so start planning now.
Me? I've got some
planning of my own to do. I need to do some research... Does a
frittata count? It's like a quiche, but without a crust... But does
the crust make a pie? And what about Boston Cream Pie or cheese cake?
I'm glad I still have some time.

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