**Tags**

Albert Einstein, birthday, humor, irrational, Pi, Pi Day, postaday, science, stephan pastis, toonseum

*… and would you like to have some Pi to celebrate with, maybe?*

*Well, I know that today is the birthday of many people … and I know a few … one dear old friend … but probably the most well-known would be Albert Einstein.*

*And based on the small sampling of folks that I know with birthdays today, it does make me wonder … are all the people born on this day incredibly intelligent?*

*Or is it just the ones that I know?*

*How can you not love a man who can take a picture like this one?*

*Or who has an office desk that looks like this one?*

*Seriously have to wonder if I was better off … desk-wise … before the recent house re-do.*

*But I digress.*

*It makes me wonder … does the fact that they all are … or have been … scientifically oriented have something to do with the fact that their birthday fell on that totally mathematically oriented day of the year … Pi Day?*

*Yes, Pi Day.*

*Like Pi, the mathematical number term thingy … well, let’s just go out to Wikipedia …*

The numberπ(/paɪ/) is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle‘s circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14159.

*They have a good animated .gif that explains it well. Better than I could explain it for sure.*

*And I was a trained Math Teacher.*

*So if Pi is basically 3.14, then Pi Day would be today.*

*March 14th.*

*3/14.*

*Every year I bring out a t-shirt that I got a few years ago from Woot.com and wear it for just this one day. Reflections on Pi.*

*It made me laugh when I first saw it and it still makes me laugh each year when I wear it. Today it made the Pharmacist laugh, too.*

*Thanks to Facebook, the world now seems to be getting into the whole Pi / Pie thing. At least if my news feed today is any indication.*

*There were all the food oriented photos … going for the pun of the day … mostly of Pies with the Pi symbol somehow creatively positioned on the top. I personally liked the Pie Chart.*

*Then there were the ones appealing to the Math Geeks and the fact that Pi is known as an Irrational Number in Math Circles (pun intended) … and then going for the obvious pun on the word irrational.*

*I especially liked this one from the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh. (where I met my favorite cartoonist Stephan Pastis)*

*Which brings me back to the people born on this day … who are smarter than the av-er-age bear. Was this everyone? Or just Albert and my old friend?*

*So I went out to http://www.celebritybirthdaylist.com/date/3/14/ to see who all else was born on this day. *

*Turns out there are quite a few … including my friend and Albert.*

*Lots of people I have never heard of.*

*Not sure there are all that many who are intelligent … or who are scientifically oriented … or who are mathematically oriented … or who even know what Pi is.*

*But I’ll bet $3.14 that most of them like Pie.*

*Happy Birthday to one and all.*

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