Wednesday, March 14, 2007

19. Happy Pi Day to You

Yesterday afternoon my daughter informed me that today was Pi Day and she could earn five bonus points if she brought a pie to geometry class.

Sure enough - it's Pi Day alright. The Internet told me so. And several musicians have written songs about it. Although it really is only Pi Day in the US because we put the month before the day when we write our dates. (Do any other countries do that? Canada perhaps?)

My favorite pie song is the Don McLean one though. I first heard American Pie the year it was recorded, in 1971. I'm sure of that. The day after I heard it I was standing outside my junior high school - it was 9th grade. I was fifteen. I was trying to describe the song to my best friend, Cindy. She was either not paying attention, or didn't care. I recall being frustrated, but not as frustrated as I was weeks later when she described the most fabulous song she'd ever heard. It was the same song. That happened a lot with Cindy.

I still like American Pie, but so does everyone else. It was my son's favorite song for years.

And then there's this.


Deloney said...

I can think of two more: "Country Pie" by Bob Dylan and "Honey Pie" by the Beatles.

Cedar Waxwing said...

I don't know either of those.

Otter said...

Have you ever heard Wierd Al's parody of this song (Star Wars)? It is very clever.

We all have different tales to tell about this song, mine will show up sooner or later.

And Damn-it Cindy, that was Cedar's song first.

Indigo Bunting said...

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy!

Mmmmm. Pie.

Helen said...

Yes, it's Pi Day in Canada too. They're offering free slices of pie at the university, and having a contest to see who can correctly recite the most decimal places following 3.14 (last year someone got up to 400; the world record is something insane like 100,000).

P.S. There's also a square root day, which is celebrated on dates where the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits in the current year (we need Einstein to figure this one out). You're supposed to celebrate this day by eating radishes or other root vegetables cut in the shape of a square. Not quite as delightful as pie day.

Indigo Bunting said...

Helen--I don't know. Turnips, rutabagas, may laugh, but roasted, they're awesome!