Thursday, March 14, 2013

What a Square.



"Mom!  It's my favorite day of the year!  Pi Day!  We have got to make a pie."  

For some kids, the best day is Christmas.  For others, a birthday, or Hallowe'en, or Easter.  Around here, even Mardi Gras can make the cut.

Little Girl has chosen Pi Day, and was set on making a pie.  After all, it is her favorite day.

She was also set on coconut cream.  So i found an easy recipe, meaning one that doesn't take all day and have ingredients i have to go get.

And we have pie on Pi Day.

Which reminds me of a terrible joke.

Young Billy Bob was the first from his family to ever go to college, and when he came home after his first semester, the family were very excited.  They gathered for a big family dinner and began asking him about what he had learned while he was away.

He had taken several subjects, and as facts swirled around in his head, bits of history or literary quotes or phrases of the foreign language he had studied, he tried to grab one so he could show them that he had, indeed, learned something away at that fancy college.

"Pi r²" he blurted out, and everyone became silent.

Was he serious, they all thought, and Grandpa finally broke the silence with, "I can't believe it.  All this money the family is putting into your education, and you come back with that?  Boy, don't you know pie are round!" 

Do any of you have a very favorite holiday or special day of the year?  And are you having pie today in honor of Pi Day?  And do you want to strangle me for repeating that joke?


Today is:

Constitution Day -- Andorra

Dita e Veres -- Albania (Summer Day)

Festival of Veturius Mamurius -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of armor makers)

Genius Day -- for Einstein, of course

International Ask A Question Day -- because that's what geniuses do

Learn about Butterflies Day -- if you go looking for who started this holiday, you will find out lots about butterflies and nothing about him/her, which i guess makes it a success

Louisiana Sportmen's Show and Festival -- Gonzales, LA, US (boat show for NOLA, BR, and the Gulf Coast, and includes a jambalaya cook off; through Sunday)

Moth-er Day -- for all individuals and museums that have moth collections; some websites have this listed as the day before Mother's Day

Mother Tongue Day -- Estonia

National Heroes Day -- Saint Vincent and Grenadines

National Potato Chip Day

National Pi Day - Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.

Quebec City Hunting, Fishing, and Boat Show -- Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (through Sunday)

Runic Half Month Beorc (Birch) begins

Shopping Cart Day -- patented today in 1938 by Sylvan Goldman

St. Matilda, Queen of Germany's Day (Patron of dying children, disappointing children, falsely accused people, large families, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, widows)

Ten Most Wanted Day -- the FBI started its list this day in 1950

White Day -- China; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan (One month after Valentine's Day, which is the day women give gifts to men; today, the men return the favor.)

World Kidney Day -- www.worldkidneyday.org


Birthdays Today:

Justin Bieber, 1994
Colby O'Donis, 1989
Taylor Hanson, 1983
Kirby Puckett, 1961
Pam Ayres, 1947
Billy Crystal, 1947
Michael Caine, 1933
Quincy Jones, 1933
Frank Borman, 1928
S. Truet Cathy, 1921
Hank Ketcham, 1920
Les Brown, 1912
Albert Einstein, 1879
Johann Strauss, Sr., 1804


Today in History:

The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice, 1489
England grants a patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island), 1644
Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as king & queen, 1689
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin, 1794
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded in New York, 1821
Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado premiers in London, 1885
During the Great Blizzard of 1888, New York receives its second largest snowfall on record, 21", 1888
The United States goes on the gold standard, 1900
Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics, 1900
The first theater for rear movie projection is built, in NYC, 1931
A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy, 1964
Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released, 1994
Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle, 1995

3 comments:

  1. Had forgotten about that joke. I remember someone adding "Yeah, cornbread are square!" Anyway, the time BEFORE Christmas is probably my favorite, I love to look at the lights. But the best holiday for me is probably Halloween, I can dress like a lunatic, uh, put a costume on, and no one notices, uh, minds... Heh. Well, seeing Dad today, surgery went well, hopefully will have more on my blog tomorrow. Yay!

    Cat

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  2. Thanks, Cat, and i'll keep praying for his full recovery.

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  3. Pie are round! Ha! I think that's funny! But then, I have always loved corny jokes, I will laugh at them EVERY TIME.
    Okay, I love that Justin Bieber and Albert Einstein share a birthday, just goes to show that astrology means nothing!!

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