Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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And Thus Begins The Week Of Odd And/Or Insignificant Semi-Holidays...

Ahh…3/14. Pi day. My favorite day of the year. Finally an excuse to show my friends and co-workers how nerdy I am by merely knowing that this day exists. I usually have to resort to Pokemon to do that.

Also, it’s an excuse to make math jokes, which you can never have enough of.

What do you get if you divide a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?

Pumpkin Pi!


For many years I’ve dreamed of having a Pi Day party. Everyone would come dressed in math-related attire (whatever that is), and the entry fee at the door would be a homemade pie. Then everyone would eat the different pies and drink and inevitably vomit, and the bathroom would be left painted in the shades of all the different pies and stomach bile. I can’t wait.

Perhaps one day this math-pastry fusion will become a reality, but for now it remains shelved with all my other aspirations, like my dream of having a fleet of domesticated, highly trained squirrels (we’ll get to that another day).

As the title of this post implies, Pi Day is not the only semi-holiday of this week. March 15 brings us the Ides of March, the day Caesar got stabbed in the back by Brutus. This day gives us the excuse to reference high-school English class and say “Et tu, Brute?” at least four times (also something you can never have enough of).

The 17th brings us St. Patty’s, the closest thing to a real holiday this week has to offer, but more just an excuse to wear green and get drunk by noon (who can complain about that?).

And then we close off the week with a bang on March 21st, the first day of spring. While not actually a holiday, I like to think of it as one. It means that soon I can put away my space heater in exchange for some flip-flops.

So there you have it. 7 days, 4 weird, semi-holidays. So get out there and celebrate!

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