Apparently there are quite a few people out there obsessed with Pi. The U.S. record for Pi memorization is 12,887 digits, and is held by Marc Umile, a Medicare biller from Philadelphia. The world record for Pi memoriztion is 67,890 digits and is held by Chao Lu, a chemistry student from China. At the height of my geekdom I only knew Pi to about 10 places.
In celebration of Pi Day, here's some Pi trivia
- Pi Day, 3/14, is also the birthday of Albert Einstein
- On Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial, there is a song titled 'Pi' in which she sings Pi to the 137th decimal place.
- In 1897, the Indiana General Assembly passed a bill from which it could be deduced that pi was equal to 3.2 or other incorrect values, including at one point 4. The Indiana Senate postponed the bill indefinitely, preventing it from becoming law.
- In the movie Scarface, the character Frank Lopez wears a necklace with the pi symbol.
And now I think it's time to celebrate this fine day by having some pie. I think pumpkin sounds good.