Pi Day is a fake holiday made up by Big Math to sell more math.
Do Americans realise that most of the world identifies today as 14/3/23? (small units/medium units/big units) Apart from anything else, this allows sensible ordering by date.
@lynn @strum @th right... But your money says "in God we trust" on it. Prisoners who are up for parole, are much less likely to be given parole if they aren't religious. And the whole mess of abortion that is going on right now, is all rooted in religion, not science.
You might not be *as religious* a country as historically, but overall, America is still a very religious country
@strum @th I have filled out forms day/month/year because I am the same page as those who understand metric. However, yes, the U.S.A. is so indoctrinated to believe in silly antiquated religious practices it’s amazing that in any context we ever use intelligent date ordering (Federal documents), celsius (academia and medicine), or metric (scientific instruments). For a time, it seemed like we were chipping away the old imperial ways but now… #Merica #Date #Metric #Farenheit
I switched to using YYYY-MM-DD (ISO 8601) a few months before 1999-12-31
It's also great for filenames.
@ndrw @BigCaddy @strum @th
There are some computer systems (including one of the most widely used control panels in Web hosting management) where monthly archives are named using the short month name, and the file manager defaults to sorting by name, so most users see this mess for every year:
@ersei @th it's because of my TI calculator that I had for School, that I know that Pi is 3.141592654
I have in my entire 40 years on the planet, never actually needed to know the value for Pi though, and the only time I ever use it, is to tell people, that my School calculator said that this was Pi.
@th Enjoy your pi! But don't forget to observe tau day, when you get to eat two pi's, often in better weather too.
@stargazersmith @th disappointingly it's on sale for 29.99. Not charging 31.41 or 31.42 (rounded up) for it is a lost opportunity. :O
@th Source? I heard that it was actually big pastry that started Pi Day as a way to write off any production and advertising expenses as educational donations… although I can’t find the article again.
It might have been mentioned in this Onion article about the Metric System:
@th Watch out - if you go up against Big Math, you might wind up factoring polynomials in a basement somewhere.
@th Hmmm, maths... 😋