I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but it all started when I saw a picture of a pie on Facebook this past weekend. Perhaps it was just a pie, or was it symbolic of the impending Pi Day on March 14?
Seriously, I have no business engaging in any sort of conversation about pi without an e. Trust me. I have the grades to prove it. But, I’m not one to let that little technicality get in the way.
Back to the photo one of my friends posted on Facebook. Along with the Kodak moment, she asked her friends to guess her location. Well, anyone with a lick of (pie) sense would know she was on the town square in Greensburg, Indiana. One astute pie connoisseur took one look at the mile-high graham-cracker-topped meringue and the Formica table covered in local advertising and answered, “Storie’s.” Give that woman a pie five.
Perhaps I will never know if my friend was planning to celebrate Pi Day or satisfy a sweet tooth, but she set off both in me. My husband always commemorates the day so I thought I would make one of his favorite pies to kick off the day. He loves math, and I, sadly, don’t. So, in this instance what they say about opposites attracting rings true. All I know is something about a circle and circumference and maybe some diameter thrown in there.
Math lovers like to claim Pi Day for their own, but lit lovers can do the same. Last year, I was so excited when I heard an English lesson on author’s purpose use the PIE acronym to teach the concepts persuade, inform, and entertain. Actually, I thought it also presented the opportunity to make my pies for my classes. How entertaining is that? Any day dedicated to pie anything has to be good.
For the uninitiated, the U.S. House of Representatives designated Pi Day on March 12, 2009. According to Wikipedia, the first known recognition of Pi Day was by a San Francisco physicist who led a procession of people marching around in a circle while eating pies. The wackiness caught on. People not only celebrate by eating pies they also throw them and discuss the significance of numbers (yawn). At least they are using words to do so (smile). Also, in appropriate fashion the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posts prospective student admissions online on 3.14. Too cute. But, like an infomercial, there’s more.
Let’s go back to 2014 when the whole month 3.14 was designated Pi Month. I’m wondering if April was Diet Month? Last year’s date was significant because at both 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. the digits all aligned to designate the first ten digits of pi 3.141592653. In another twist, this year’s date 3.14.16 designated the first five digits of pi rounded. I’m no mathematician, but I don’t see any patterns for 2017. Smarter minds than I will probably come up with some sort of connection.
For now, I just like the pie connection and enjoy seeing those that other people make whether it is a mud pie or a pie-flavored Dairy Queen blizzard. I am already making plans for next year’s pie day. Hopefully, that will be the day I learn to make my mother’s famous piecrust. Hopefully, her secret is not as bewildering as all of those rounded digits. I’ll just stick to the crimped edges and sweet fillings.