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We all remember the formulas for area and circumference of a circle from sixth grade math class right?

Don’t worry, this isn’t a quiz, we’re just talking about everyone’s favorite mathematical constant–pi. It’s almost March 14 (3/14) which means it’s time for Pi Day! Technically speaking, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter. We had to look that up on Wikipedia really quick, but hey, now we know. The first Pi Day celebration was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988. We should all give a shoutout to the founder of Pi Day, Larry Shaw. Larry is now a retired physicist at the Exploratorium, but helped propel Pi Day into mainstream popularity.

So why is Pi day worth celebrating? We’ll show you! At Fracture it’s basically an excuse to eat, watch movies, and celebrate your irrational side. Trust us on this, it’s easy as pi.

Eat Pi foods

Not sure what counts as a ‘pi’ food? Allow us to enlighten you:

Eat Pi(e)

Fact: you really can’t celebrate Pi Day without a nice piece of pie. Any kind of pie will do! Apple, cherry, key lime, or banana cream just to name a few. You can even cross over to the savory side of things with a shepherds or chicken pot pie. The options are endless, really!

If you’re looking for a recipe, you really can’t go wrong with this recipe for a classic apple from Food.com. Also, the amazing food blog Love From the Oven gives us some great recipes. We highly recommend the ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie pie. We’re drooling just thinking about it.

If making  a pie yourself seems impossible,  then you should at least find a place that serves some amazing pie. We highly recommend Village Inn if you’re lucky enough to live in a state that has them.

Get Punny

At Fracture, we consider ourselves punny professionals, so we couldn’t let this opportunity pass us by. Care for a pineapple pizza? Or perhaps a piña colada? Maybe a salad with some pine nuts? Ok some of those are a bit of a stretch, but the joy of Pi Day is that it’s entirely what you make of it.

Just eat anything round

So let’s say pie isn’t really your thing. We’ll just agree to disagree with you on this one, but you shouldn’t feel left out! Since Pi is really all about circles, anything round will suffice. We’re talking pancakes, pizza, hamburgers, bagels. Now that we think about it, there are a lot of round foods in the world. So have at it.

Watch “Pi” Movies

There are a few that basically count here.

First is the obvious choice. “Pi” is the directorial debut of Darren Aronofsky, who is more recently of “Black Swan” fame. Don’t have 84 minutes to spare? Let us to break it down for you like a fraction. Basically, the mathematician Maximillian Cohen lives in a lonely apartment in Manhattan and his only friend is his former professor Sol. Max is pretty much crazy and has believes that Mathematics is the language of nature, and if you graph enough numbers in a system, you can find a pattern.

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Based on these rules he’s come up with, Max is trying to figure out a system to predict the behavior of the stock market. Due to his research, Max is chased by a Wall Street company with obvious interest in the results of his studies, and by a Jewish scholar, who believes that this long string of numbers is a code sent from God.
So you got the gist of it now? It’s not exactly a light-hearted romantic comedy, but it’s still a classic and a great way to celebrate Pi Day.

If ‘Pi’ the movie isn’t your thing, or if you’ve seen it already we recommend watching “The Boy With The Incredible Brain,” on YouTube. It’s the story of a British man named Daniel Tammet, who is a prodigious savant. Basically this means he can manage intellectual feats that us mere mortals couldn’t. For example, on Pi day of 2004, Daniel recited Pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours. Yes, you read that correctly. He recited pi to over twenty-two thousand places and had it memorized in just a few weeks. It makes our brains hurt just thinking about it. Here it is below.

Of course the newest entry on the Pi Day movie list is… The Life of Pi. We know, we know, it doesn’t have much at all to do with the beautiful number that is Pi. But it’s still a beautiful movie, and this is clearly an appropriate day to watch it.


Walk a Pi!

This one’s probably a great idea after eating a ton of pie and watching movies all afternoon. Get off the couch and go walk for 3.14 miles. It’s easier than it sounds. The hardest part will be stopping and turning around exactly at the 1.57 mile point. Your health will thank you for the exercise.

So that’s about it. We said it would be easy as pi, didn’t we? Here’s one last tip: have a special countdown to 1:59 p.m. Pi is an infinitely long number, but the next three digits happen to be 1,5, and 9. You could also wait until 1:59 and 26 seconds if you want to get really technical here. The inner mathletes in all of us will be seriously geeking out at that time.

How do YOU celebrate Pi Day?


The Author

Drew Allen

Drew Allen

Besides being the managing editor of this blog, I'm also a drummer, a husband, and a father, not necessarily in that order. I love good stories, and great design, and I probably quote the Office more than I should but less than I could.