Math was never my strong suit in school, so when I first heard of Pi Day, my mind went straight to a piping hot pie, fresh out of the oven with a flaky crust and the highly inappropriate amount of whipped cream that would obscure any sign of the pastry on my plate. I reveled in the thought of pumpkin spice traveling through my olfactory system as I sighed with contentment and a mouth full of my favorite holiday pie. Then I realized it was “pi” without the delicious “e” at the end and that it’s a national holiday all about that funky little Greek symbol we used in geometry class. If you’re my academic opposite with a mind that thrives on crunching numbers, you’ve probably already put a big, beautiful circle around March 14th. Today we’re here to satisfy your Pi Day cravings with all things π, from fun facts to pi products and mouth-watering, aesthetically pleasing pies.
A Quick Pi Refresher
Unless you have a strong interest in mastering mathematic languages, there’s a high chance you left your memories of pi back in your old geometry classroom. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. When I told my mother I’d be writing about Pi Day, she said, “What’s that? Did some number do something special?”
Yes, mom, a number did something very special. Pi gave us a way to calculate the area of a circle and the ratio of its circumference to its diameter. We use it for everything from construction to space travel. You might also use it to calculate exactly how much pie you’ll scarf down on March 14th I Betcha!