Pi(e) day: not actually a national holiday!

OK, I tried to release this at precisely 3/14 1:59:26.535897932384. How well did I do?

But why would the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) lie to us about Pi Day? This is just too distressing for words:

Declared a national holiday by the United States Congress in 2009, Pi Day is recognized annually on March 14.

Back in the Real World: it was not declared a national holiday! The NCTM has apparently been infected by Trumpists and is distributing fake news. The truth is that only the House of Representatives (not the Senate) supported the idea—and they will support practically any designation urged by a Representative on behalf of their constituents. This idea never became law! It was merely a single-chamber resolution. Didn’t the NCTM ever see the filmstrip “How a Bill Becomes a Law” that we all watched in elementary school? I am shocked, I tell you, shocked.

Anyway, we really should be celebrating Tau Day instead. But that’s an issue for another day.

And remember that it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday!

But back to the subject at hand: Pi Day in the Boston area. We will be observing the occasion tonight with a couple of ice-cream pies from the New City Microcreamery in Central Square, Cambridge: a chocolate cream pie and a key lime pie. As a public service I taste-tested both of them last night (after taking this photo) and found both of them delicious.

Categories: Dorchester/Boston, Math