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It's National Pi Day: Time for 3.141 slices!

If you weren't reading carefully, you might think this holiday is brought to you by Sara Lee or the American Pie Council (Yep, that's actually a thing). However, the real reason for this March 14th holiday runs a bit deeper (though, of course, the play on words and opportunity to indulge in sweets is not missed by most). What is it? According to one of our favorite speculation-enders, Wikipedia, pi day is officially:

"An annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the U.S.month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of pi in the decimal form."

So, Pi Day is really just your standard geometrically-inspired international holiday...cause that's a normal thing!? Well, given that this quirky and educationally-inspired holiday is upon us, we thought it'd be a great idea to gather-up some fun Pi Day resources for you to include in your day, either at home with the family or possibly - as we're doing - at the office! After all, we know what reaction desserts at the office yield (read: A packed office kitchen and not a soul manning the phone lines!)

How'd it start? The first large-scale celebration of Pi Day dates back to 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Larry Shaw, a staff physicist, organized a gathering. Staff marched around one of the facilities circular space and indulged in fruit pies (a natural accompaniment given that pi is a constant of the measure of a circle's circumference to its diameter.)

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How can I celebrate it? There are oh-so-many ways, really! You can start by firing-up the oven and getting to baking with some of these recipes from A couple chops-licking favorites of mine are the Coffee Toffee Pecan Pie and the classic Lattice-Topped Blueberry Pie - you can't go wrong with those!

Perhaps you want to sport you pi-love on this day as well though. Fear not, there are pi garments-a-plenty, from T-shirts, pi onesies, buttons and even mugs.

On some college campuses, like Carnegie Mellon University, they've even taken to dishing-out a bit of "pi love" to some of their favorite (very patient) professors. Let's just say from the appearance of these photos, that pies haven't replaced the gesture of bringing an apple to ol' teach.

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Some students around the country, including Our World Neighborhood Charter School, conduct fun and challenging Pi Day memorization contests. A recent winner of this OWNCS contest recited 278 consecutive digits (!) of the mathematical constant. For those of you that struggle to remember you own phone number, now is the moment when you cringe. If you're really ambitious (or bored), try your luck at memorizing some of this unending number - has already spotted you the first one million digits here.

All-in-all, it's an educational day with a flair for the tasty and odd. And, as we all know, getting kids excited to learn isn't always easy and this is a perfect example of the overlap between learning and fun.

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How are you celebrating Pi Day 2014?

Images courtesy of: Dennis Wilkinson, Vishal, The San Francisco Exploratorium

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