Mathematicians and pizza lovers alike rejoice: Pi Day is upon us. Today we celebrate the irrational number 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
And yet for all the relevant ways in which π (Pi) affects our lives, we still can’t get an official day off work or school. We’re reminded that it’s just another Monday, with all the routine weekday tasks that come with it; a mathematical constant, if you will.
Here’s how Pi Day enhances those “Monday feels”:
Back to being healthy
After a weekend of eating out and raiding your refrigerator for every delicious leftover available, of course you want to jolt your body back to the course of healthiness. Studies even show that people are more health-conscious at the start of the week.
But since it’s Pi Day, of course all the local pizza and dessert joints are offering large pies for $3.14. With those deals, you’re seeing infinite pizza…
…until you find out that the deals only exist until 3:14 pm, which you won’t be able to make because of all the work you put off until today. Spinach salad and tears it is.
The Extra-Peppy Coworker/Teacher
There’s always someone who is frustratingly jolly at 8 AM after the weekend. We know her as “Cheerleader Tracy” on test days, but really it could be anyone who doesn’t need to caffeinate or constantly slap themselves to stay awake.
Just like the Rebecca Black song, you can’t get their high-pitched tone of enthusiasm out of your head. Looking on the bright side, Extra-Peppy Person is the one most likely to have stayed up all night baking delicious pies for everyone in preparation for the geometric holiday. And that makes everything just a bit more bearable.
The Endless Inbox
Once you open your emails, check your assignments or see the mountain of tasks ahead of you in the week, you come to a Pi-induced realization:
The decimals following “3.14” go on for miles and miles, figuratively speaking, without ever repeating. Contained within the string of decimals is every combination feasible to man, like your birthday, credit card number, the alphabetized letters of not only your name every word you’ve ever said.
Then you realize how ancient mathematicians, once faced with Pi, “found the concept of irrationality completely maddening. It struck them as an affront to the omniscience of God, for how could the Almighty know everything if numbers exist that are inherently unknowable?” (via)
And suddenly, the list of emails seems a bit more manageable than math during Einstein’s time (happy birthday, Albert!)