When Fenton told me that today was White Day, at first I thought he was talking about white people and my first thought was that every day is white day. Except for Martin Luther King, Jr Day or something.
Although I have huge boxes of white chocolates on my desk from my various admirers, thanks to White Day, I’d like to also celebrate the one day that marks the mysterious and overwhelmingly nerdy fundamental ratio of the circumference of a perfect circle to its diameter: 3.1415926535897932. I tried to look up some pi-licious facts that would help us all understand and appreciate this wonderful mathematical concept more, but I either kept falling asleep at my desk or reminding myself that I am way cooler than this.
1. Did you know that pi is “one of the most famous and more remarkable numbers you have ever met”? Yeah, you know what? You technically can’t “meet” numbers and if you are “meeting” numbers, then just stop. I don’t even want to hear about it. You’re even worse than those emo kids on myspace.
2. Did you know that the Egyptians and the Babylonians were one of the first cultures to discover pi, which was almost 4,000 years ago? And look where they are now. DEAD.
3. Did you know that pi has been calculated to have more than one billion digits? I would have totally figured that out myself, except that the little calculator on my desk can only hold so many numbers.
4. Did you know that my favorite kind of pie is pecan? So I’d prefer that today instead of white chocolate. Thanks.
– Moye Ishimoto