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3.14 Ways to Have Fun on Pi Day

It's not irrational to celebrate on March 14.
Pi Danica McKellar

Yes, Friday is 3/14, also known as Pi Day, that sacred time when we eat pie while measuring the ratio of its circumference to its diameter. OK, maybe not all of us non-mathematicians eat that way.

This year’s celebration won’t be as exciting as next year — when, at 9:26:53 a.m., the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653) will line up. (That is nothing compared to the people who got to rejoice at 6:53:59 a.m. on March, 14, 1592. Think about it.) Some suggestions:

1. Watch Winnie Cooper Explain Pi

That is Danica McKellar, aka Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years," summing up Pi in a video released this year. Read this article in your head as a nostalgic voice-over for added fun.

2. Freak Out Over Pi Art

Artists Martin Krzywinski and Cristian Ilies Vasile create intricate visualizations of Pi. Here, they assigned each digit a color, and then arranged the first 13,689 digits of the number into an Archimedean spiral.

Pi Archimedean Spiral
Looking for a pattern? Don't bother.Martin Krzywinski

You can even buy prints of their work and trip out to Jefferson Airplane while thinking about the infinite, non-repeating nature of Pi.

3. Write a Pi-Ku

A poem featuring a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern, via the U.S. Department of Education. For example:

Yes, Einstein


Born on Pi Day

Both Albert Einstein's birthday and Pi Day will be celebrated at Princeton University this weekend.

0.14. Feed Your Stomach and Your Brain

Chow down on some pizza from national chain Blaze, which is offering pizza pies for only $3.14. Keeping in the spirit of the day, make sure to eat just a fraction below 3/20th of the pizza.

Or you could order an apple, cherry and blueberry pie at Whole Foods, which will be on sale for an un-pi-like price of $4.99.