National Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14–or better yet 3/14. Which nerds like us thrive off of because 3.14 is the rough estimate of the mathematical constant,π.
With the nerdiest day of the year fast approaching here are some fun facts about our favorite irrational number that everyone should know!
- During the famous O.J. Simpson trial, there were arguments between defense attorney Robert Blasier and an FBI agent about the actual value of pi, seemingly to reveal flaws in the FBI agent’s intellect.
- A mysterious crop circle found in 2008 in Britain shows a coded image representing the first 10 digits of pi.
- In 2002, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of pi using a computer known as the Hitachi SR 8000, thus breaking all previous records.
- Computing Pi is a stress test for a computer
- The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India. He successfully recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015, according to Guinness World Records, of course.
- Because pi is an infinite number, humans can never truly determine every single digit of pi (bummer).
- Those who are hoping to calculate pi using an old-fashioned technique can accomplish the task using a ruler, a can and a piece of string, or a protractor and a pencil (good luck to you)
- Ancient Babylonians knew of pi’s existence nearly 4,000 years ago.
Have a slice of pie to honor this extraordinary number!