Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy π Day!

Hooray! It is that special day of the year when we celebrate the number with the freakishly long string of non-repeating digits after the decimal.

I don’t mean to cause any post-traumatic nightmares out there, but it may have been the curse of your ninth grade geometrical existence.

Yep, we’re talking about…

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917363717872146844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349042875546873115956286388235378759375195778185778053217122680661300192787661119590921642019893809525720106548586327886593615338182796823030195203530185296899577362259941389124972177528347913151557485724245415069595… and so on and so forth to, like, 10 trillion decimal places so far.

And yes, determining the next decimal digit of pi is what some people DO.

Shocking, I know, for those of us who simply move around the same 26 letters every day and call it good.

PROMPT: Oh, so many ways to go with this one. First off, pi is an irrational number, so it would be a fabulous day for those irrational characters we all know and love. Pi is also a transcendental number, so a meditating irrational character might be even better! Then there’s the math geek angle – every great story deserves a math geek because it’s always hip to b2.

Of course, there’s the pie kind of pi. But every day is a great day for that one.


  1. Just in case you were wondering the ten trillionth digit of pi is a 5.

    1. AWESOME! Now I'm off to celebrate that tasty bit of info with another slice of pie! :)