Everyone was baffled when the geometry teacher at my middle school showed up to the annual bake sale with a tray of quadrilateral pies.
"But, Mr. O'Connell," we protested, "No one's going to want to buy these. Pies are supposed to be round!"
"Not at all," he said, with a twinkle in his eye. "I've just spent all semester teaching you pie are squared."
And with that piece of unbearably nyukky personal history, allow the Indy to wish you a very happy Pi Day. It's 03/14, which could only be more apropos if it were the year 1592 (which, as any self-respecting geek will tell you, are the oft-forgotten fourth through seventh digits of the neverending Greek mathematical concept). Of course, if this were 1592, none of us would be celebrating something as frivolous as Pi Day. We'd all be too busy trying not to die of plague.
However, being that it's 2011, we'll improvise with a plague of another sort. In honor of the math-iest holiday of them all, we offer up these pi-related links for your end-of-workday amusement and distraction.
• An impenetrable math joke, courtesy of XKCD.com
• The best lazy way to educate yourself on all things π
• A YouTube clip in which Kate Bush sings the digits of pi
• A pi-related cartoon — suddenly it all makes sense!