Saturday, March 14, 2015

Any way you slice it.

It's not just Pi Day this year.  It's the once-every-hundred-years Pi Day, where the date written US style, 3/14/15, matches not just the first three numerals of pi, but the first five, 3.1415.

Everywhere i've gone, someone is doing something with pies.  Yesterday, blueberry and lemon icebox pies were brought to Bible study.  Yes, the 6:30 in the morning Bible study, where the pies were enjoyed with morning coffee.  (No, i don't eat sugar, i'm the weirdo, remember?)

At schools yesterday, there were pie/pi celebrations, and they are continuing today with restaurants offering big slices of pie for $3.14, or making special pizza pies, or offering discounts.

The Museum of Mathematics in NYC is even serving pie and hot chocolate in celebration.

My favorite celebration of the symbol for pi, though, will always be Little Girl's Halloween pumpkin from two years ago.

Pumpkin Pi!

Enjoy Pi Day, everyone!  

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

Girl Scout Sabbath -- US (encouraging Girl Scouts to wear their uniforms to synagogue services and represent their troop to their congregations; the final day of Girl Scout Week in the US)

Highland County Maple Festival -- Highland County, VA, US (this weekend and next)

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

International Fanny Pack Day -- started by someone who really likes the things (although i do admit they come in handy for keeping your money with you at all times when you have a garage sale)

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

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.

Runic Half Month Beorc (Birch) begins

Saint Patrick's Day Parades -- various cities around the English speaking world hold their celebrations on the Saturday nearest the Saint's day

Saint Piran's Day Celebration -- Kansas City, KA, US (celebration of the patron saint of Cornwall and Cornish peoples, as well as the patron of tin miners, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Cornish Society)***often on the Saturday nearest Mar. 5)

Shopping Cart Day -- patent filed 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

Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign -- Canisteo, NY (San Juan Capistrano has swallows, and Canisteo has living trees planted to spell out the name of the valley where the turkey vultures/buzzards return each year, traditionally on St. Patrick's Day; this weekend and next enjoy living history events, dealers, and demonstrations on Amish farms -- but only on Saturdays on the farms)

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.)

Birthdays Today:

Justin Bieber, 1994
Colby O'Donis, 1989
Taylor Hanson, 1983
Grace Park, 1974
Kirby Puckett, 1961
Tamara Tunie, 1959
Rick Dees, 1951
Pam Ayres, 1947
Billy Crystal, 1947
Rita Tushingham, 1942
Michael Caine, 1933
Quincy Jones, 1933
Frank Borman, 1928
S. Truet Cathy, 1921
Hank Ketcham, 1920
Horton Foote, 1916
Les Brown, 1912
Albert Einstein, 1879
Casey Jones, 1864
Lucy Hobbs Taylor, 1833
Johann Strauss, Sr., 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"10 Most Wanted"(FBI list), 1950
"The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu"(Comic Opera), 1885
"MacBeth"(Opera), 1847

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
The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality, 1997
Over a million Lebanese people take to the streets of Beirut to protest against Syrian military presence, in what comes to be called the Cedar Revolution, 2005
After measuring its spin and parity, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announce they firmly believe the particle discovered in July 2012 is a Higgs boson, 2013


  1. Well since we are not into math, that was very interesting abut Pi day. Thanks for that good info. And all kinds of other facts too. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting our blog.

  2. Justin Bieber is a Canadian just like me but I'm much better of a human being but having much less money then him. Ha,ha,ha. I enjoyed reading your blog. I'll be checking on it much more since I've found it. Have a wonderful Saturday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  3. How about Pizza PIE then, let's have that instead! Make mine cheese, extra cheese if you have it. Thank you!
    Have a great weekend! :-)

  4. I'll pass on the surgery pie. The pizza pie sounds mighty good though.

    Love the pumpkins.

    Have a terrific pi day. ☺

  5. too cute. can't say i've ever heard of or celebrated pi day before. only saw it in blogland.

  6. Now I get why everyone is talking about it being pi day today. Thanks for the explanation :)


  7. Pi day is pushing out the other March 14th celebration.

  8. Yes, I was watching the countdown on TV. Very intersesting day today. Very intellectual of your daughter making her pumpkin into the Pi symbol as well.

  9. LOL - the pumpkin pie!!! I needed a good chuckle today - thank you!
    I guess this explains why I felt the need to make a chicken pot pie on this rainy cold Saturday!