Today is Pi Day. To celebrate this occasion, several of my students wrote out 7,000 digits of the decimal expansion of Pi with sidewalk chalk. The Pi chain twisted throughout the high school campus and took seven straight hours of writing to complete. My neighbor teacher, Kiley, had cherry and rhubarb pie delivered to complete the Pi Day celebration. This is about as nerdy as it gets.
About two hours into the Pi extravaganza, I was standing in the hallway admiring the endless string of numbers, when the computer lab lady threw open the door and said, "I hope this isn't your doing."
"As a matter of fact, it is," I replied.
"Well, I just called security to arrest the taggers."
Taggers? Are gangs now comprised of 4.0 students using washable sidewalk chalk to write out mathematical formulas on the concrete? Sounds like a gang problem we'd be happy to have.
Luckily, the project had been approved by the principal, and so I quickly sent out a school-wide email to the 175 employees on my campus, wishing everyone a Happy Pi Day and requesting that nobody call the cops on the Pi writers. Almost immediately, my email box filled with responses from my colleagues who were excited about the project, including this response:
If pi are squared, then cake are round?