Growing up, math was the bane of my existence. I wasn’t necessarily bad at it – it was more like I always had to try my hardest to stay on top of it. In high school, the last thing I wanted to do was put any actual effort into the subject (I have a calculator. It’ll do all the thinking for me, right?), so you can imagine why I couldn’t get behind the idea of having a national day around a never-ending mathematical constant.
3.14159265358979323846 (Pi or π)... It makes my brain hurt even just looking at it.
Don’t misunderstand me! I’ve come around and now have a healthy appreciation for National Pi Day. I just celebrate it in a way that I’ll actually enjoy by baking (and subsequently, eating) pie! For those more inclined to this enjoyable activity, I’d suggest making a Peanut Butter Pie I found on all recipes. I mean, I’ll be honest and readily admit I’m not the greatest of bakers. I burnt ready to bake cookies this past Thursday night for goodness sake, but even I don’t screw this one up. You do have to use your oven for the crust, but the rest can easily be accomplished with just a hand mixer (or a stand mixer if you’d prefer) and a working refrigerator.
In case you happen to be more mathematically inclined than I, I’m happy to report that I’ve done my research. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard the movie π is quite good, even if it heavily leans towards the weird/Sci-Fi side of things. I just finished watching the trailer, and from what I’ve seen, it’s sure not my cup of tea, but it will certainly appeal to those math nerds out there. It’s about this reclusive, mathematical genius, Max, who believes that “everything can be understood in terms of numbers” and becomes obsessed with the number (you guessed it) π. It’s rated R for a reason though, so be careful watching it while young, impressionable minds are in the room. If you do have a younger audience, I’d suggest watching something like Stand and Deliver for the mathematical fun and drama.
If you don’t like either of these options or you just don’t feel in the celebratory mood, that’s okay too. That’s why we have calculators and smartphones to get us through the day.