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Pi Day of the Century

Perhaps you’ve heard of it: Pi Day. The day when math enthusiasts across the country celebrate March 14, or the first 3 digits of Pi.

This year marks a significant celebration: The first five digits will be represented on 3.14.15 as well as the next five at exactly 9:26:53 am. So, in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for most of us, the first 10 digits of Pi will correspond to the date and time this Saturday.

I caught wind of this news a few weeks ago, so I’ve already purchased a commemorative t-shirt. After all, what’s a special event without a souvenir, right?

I imagine that we’ll hear the news of babies born at the exact second of Pi Day 2015. And bakeries across the nation are celebrating with special pies of Pi. My daughter is trying to memorize the first 100 digits of Pi for a contest they’re holding at school. Think we’ll have a Google Doodle for Pi Day?

Regardless, check out some of the fabulous Pi events I unearthed in our region and beyond:

  • There’s a Pie-Eating Flash Mob in downtown Hickory NC from exactly 9:26 a.m. to 9:36 a.m. Their tagline? “Come to the Geek Side… We have Pi”
  • Love beer AND pie? Check out Port City Brewing Company in Durham. They’ll be pairing beers with matching pies from 3 pm to 6 pm.
  • Over in Greensboro, they’re hosting a Pie Auction to benefit Cakalak Thunder Drum Corps from 6 pm to 8 pm.
  • Happen to be in NYC? Join the National Museum of Mathematics in Madison Square Park for a countdown and free pie! The museum will have lots of fun Pi Day activities for young and old.
  • In Ann Arbor, MI, they’ll be having a 3.14 mile Pi Day Celebration run
  • There are two fancy Pi Day celebrations in the San Francisco Bay area
  • If you’re in DC, there are a ton of restaurants offering Pi Day specialties and events.

Need a pie recipe? Try one of these 13 Irrational Pie Recipes.

Remember: Pi Day is not for Squares.

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