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# A Challenge for Pi Day: Write Your Own Pi-ku

Tomorrow is March 14, 3/14, 3.14, or as it's known to many unlikely to have other plans, Pi Day. I'm learning about a few ways Pi Day is celebrated by so-called mathletes. There are pie contests and pizza parties. Those who can recite more than just three digits do so out loud to no one in particular, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco holds an all-day celebration. And some people, we understand, write pi-ku—haiku about pi. I say we take it one step nerdier and make new rules.

First line: 3 syllables
Second line: 1 syllable
Third line: 4 syllables

What you got, BPPeople?

Hello Pi
Oh...
Endless digits

Sent by Richard A | 11:51 AM | 3-13-2008

I'll get to work on my pi-ku, but just wanted to share that in Algebra 2 junior year of high school, my friends and I were so bored that we memorized pi to fifteen digits.

Yeah, I'm that cool.

Sent by Summer | 11:55 AM | 3-13-2008

three point one
four
one five nine ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

(It's not my best work... but it's a )start!

Sent by margmor | 12:06 PM | 3-13-2008

Hmmm, why is
Pi
Ubiquitous?

Sent by Maura | 12:16 PM | 3-13-2008

Dear Ian,
I'll
make you a pie.

Sent by Nora | 12:26 PM | 3-13-2008

Three One Four
Point
After the Three

Sent by Jay Parks | 12:48 PM | 3-13-2008

Pi piques nerds
but
sucks as dessert

Sent by Dave Wiley | 12:54 PM | 3-13-2008

Only pi
Is
In the Bible.

(Check it out for yourself; it involves the dimensions of the altar in the Temple)

Sent by Matthew Scallon | 1:02 PM | 3-13-2008

A constant
It's
Transcendental

Sent by Sarah Goodyear | 1:36 PM | 3-13-2008

Why is pi
Square
As pie is round?

Sent by David Hollis, Hamilton, NY | 1:39 PM | 3-13-2008

Three point one
Four
et cetera

Sent by Tricia, NPR | 1:48 PM | 3-13-2008

Impressive,
all.
Keep 'em coming.

And Summer,
yours:
not surprising.

To Nora,
I'll
see you later.

Sent by Ian Chillag, NPR | 1:48 PM | 3-13-2008

Haiku is
hard
enough, okay?

Sent by eliz. (@elizs) | 2:08 PM | 3-13-2008

How I love
my
perfect circle.

Sent by Mark | 2:19 PM | 3-13-2008

Work stops for
pie;
quiche for dinner.

Sent by kevsmirk | 2:41 PM | 3-13-2008

infinite
point,
repeats itself

Sent by jayn | 3:00 PM | 3-13-2008

circumf'rence
o'er
diameter

infinite
fun
for all ages

Sent by SAN | 3:30 PM | 3-13-2008

pi is Greek
pie
is American

Sent by megan | 3:51 PM | 3-13-2008

in degrees
pi
is one-eighty.

but...

are
more elegant.

Sent by Summer | 5:15 PM | 3-13-2008

March fourteenth--
Pi
Day ain't for squares

Sent by Mir | 6:14 PM | 3-13-2008

pi pi pi oh my!
has never ending digits
yay! happy pi day

Sent by anna | 7:19 PM | 3-13-2008

Pi are squared
gets
the area

Sent by Sharon | 8:42 PM | 3-13-2008

I can has
pie
for pi day, no?

Sent by nycat | 9:45 PM | 3-13-2008

Pi Day pie
is
good for us all.

Sent by nycat | 9:50 PM | 3-13-2008

A great day
is
when its pi day

Sent by dd | 10:30 PM | 3-13-2008

pi, you sneak
are
in pi-sces twice.

(Maybe that means anchovies on everyone's pizza?)

Sent by jj | 10:42 PM | 3-13-2008

Pie is to
die.
"Pushing Daisies."

Sent by Will G | 11:05 PM | 3-13-2008

Wrap around
my
diameter

Sent by Bonnie | 12:00 AM | 3-14-2008

pie loves pi.
why?
no pi no pie

Sent by ptc bus | 12:05 AM | 3-14-2008

I wish I
was
slight more like Pi

Sent by Pakris | 3:58 AM | 3-14-2008

Apple Pie
Yum
No math for me

Sent by Jim K | 9:27 AM | 3-14-2008

"circle jerk"
or
"why pi ain't square"

Sent by Pascal Ebert | 9:38 AM | 3-14-2008

I like pi
but
not as a food

Sent by Nick | 9:39 AM | 3-14-2008

Pie in the
sky
says my brother

Sent by Nick | 9:43 AM | 3-14-2008

I dont like
pie
except one(pi)

Sent by Nick | 9:48 AM | 3-14-2008

Ratio
di-
to circumference

---

A number
So
Infinitely

---

Three five five
o???er
hundred thirteen

---

Area
this

Sent by Chris | 10:56 AM | 3-14-2008

pi, best of
all
transcendental

Sent by Ing | 11:16 AM | 3-14-2008

Beware pi
day,
Ides of March eve.

Confusion.
Pray,
hide, or eat pie?

Sent by Kyle Wegner | 11:42 AM | 3-14-2008

First, I don't mean to slight pi, but I'm an engineer, so...

Though I like
pi,
e serves me more.

This was a shortening of my NY Times Tierney Lab Pi Day contest entry of a 5-7-5 pi-ku:

Although I favor
Euler dovetailed pi.

If you don't know Euler's Identity, you should wiki it.

Sent by Mike N., Cambridge, Mass. | 12:41 PM | 3-14-2008

why write about such a thing
it's just a number

Sent by h. p. (nothing to do with the computer) | 1:13 PM | 3-14-2008

Everyone
likes
pi, yay pi day!

---

Someone said
yum
yea, it's pi day.

---

If you dont
like
pi, youre crazy.

---

pi-ku's are
fun
horray pi-ku's!

Sent by Nicole | 1:31 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi, you are
most
irrational

Sent by CS Turner | 1:36 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi are squared
But
My pie is round

Pilatelist: One who collects digits of pi

Sent by Rico. Suave. | 1:45 PM | 3-14-2008

Pie are square?
No!

Sent by Mike | 1:59 PM | 3-14-2008

Hawaii
Grows
Fruit: Pi-napples!

Sent by kerensa | 2:01 PM | 3-14-2008

two pi are
not
like pi r squared

Sent by ian | 2:06 PM | 3-14-2008

This one seems kinda obvious:

Three fourteen!
Here's

Sent by Paul in NJ | 2:17 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi R squared
Pi
R Delicious

Sent by Susan | 2:21 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi-Ku why?
too
Haiku I Q

Sent by peter adams | 2:26 PM | 3-14-2008

Why is Pi
So
Irrational

Cosine Pi
Is
Negative One

Sent by Jay | 2:28 PM | 3-14-2008

Because we can't get enough of y'all this week: http://www.radio-sweethearts.com/?p=49

Happy pi-day!

(Kerry from r/s)

Sent by Kerry | 2:32 PM | 3-14-2008

This is out of control. If we make it to 314 posts I'm going to flip.
I tried to make my pi party piece 3:14 but it came in a couple seconds short.

Sent by Ian Chillag, NPR | 2:43 PM | 3-14-2008

Hoosiers must
Round
To three point two

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill

Sent by Earwig | 3:07 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi Movie
Nine-
teen Ninety-Eight

Great Movie!

Sent by Joe | 3:33 PM | 3-14-2008

pi r squared
no
most pi are round

no end to
the
reality

three point one
four
to forever

area
or
length? move 2

Sent by bob | 3:51 PM | 3-14-2008

endless noise
yet
transcendental

Sent by Paul M. Payton | 3:53 PM | 3-14-2008

Question: I had heard that the Indiana State Legistlature once passed a resolution that pi must be 3. Does anyone have any information on this?

Sent by Dick | 3:54 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi is also endlessly useful to impress your boss with all the knowledge you DO possess, when challenged with not knowing a thing. ;-)

Sent by Karen | 3:57 PM | 3-14-2008

infinite
and
irrational

Sent by Amber Cassell | 4:09 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi in sum:
Infinitum

Sent by Elena | 4:13 PM | 3-14-2008

encircle
my
circumference

Sent by gene desmidt | 4:31 PM | 3-14-2008

If
You Estimate

Sent by Dustin | 4:45 PM | 3-14-2008

Dick, see the link to Wikipedia in Earwig's post, above.

Sent by Cinder | 4:57 PM | 3-14-2008

Elegant
Pi
Infinitely

Sent by Stephanie | 5:13 PM | 3-14-2008

A good book
The Life of Pi

Sent by Gayle | 5:36 PM | 3-14-2008

Greeks pronounced
"pee"...
English is best.

Sent by Matt Ball | 5:37 PM | 3-14-2008

Sent by jayn | 5:58 PM | 3-14-2008

Love in dreams
gives
nothing awake.

Sent by Lisa | 6:20 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi Day is
on
Friday this year!

Sent by Jeff | 6:39 PM | 3-14-2008

math constant
pi
irrational

Sent by Maitri | 6:44 PM | 3-14-2008

or
degrees, its pie

Sent by Hali | 6:47 PM | 3-14-2008

Pumpkin Pi
is
what I like best

Sent by Tory | 6:53 PM | 3-14-2008

Monk would round
Pi
To four point oh

Sent by J | 7:01 PM | 3-14-2008

Why didn't you mention Archimedes in your segment on Pi. Born in 287 BC, died in 212 BC.A just published book "The Archimedes Codex" tells of the recovery of this almost 2000 year old manuscript detailing Archimedes mathematic genius.

Sent by Pamela Bergen | 7:03 PM | 3-14-2008

number pi
why
for circle size

Sent by Swann | 7:25 PM | 3-14-2008

I got confused, and wrote pi haikus:

You are the key
to the circle's mystery
Simple, yet complex

Digits won't do it
Neither will any fraction
Why must we round it?

To get circumference,
multiply diameter
by three point one four

Three point o-

Sent by Matt LaGoy | 7:42 PM | 3-14-2008

happiness
not
consternation

Sent by Jeff | 8:29 PM | 3-14-2008

Infinite?
Not.
It's less than four.

or...

Pi equals
Three
In the Bible

(See 2 Chronicles 4:2 for this particular "truth".)

Sent by Jon | 8:45 PM | 3-14-2008

Me? Eighteen
That's
All I have learned:
three
point one four one five
nine two six eight nine seven nine three
two three

Sent by arthur | 9:54 PM | 3-14-2008

Twenty two
O'er
Seven is close

Sent by arthur | 9:57 PM | 3-14-2008

"Strictly speaking, pi represents the constant ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference..."

You guys have this backwards. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, not the other way around. Please edit the page before the next generation of American rocket scientists crash another probe!!!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88239845

Sent by Wrong definition of Pi!!! | 11:36 PM | 3-14-2008

Pi just goes
on
and on and on

Sent by Mary | 12:07 AM | 3-15-2008

one:
three berries plus plum

Sent by Laura S | 12:18 AM | 3-15-2008

True beauty
Of
Circumference

-for my dad, who's birthday is Pi Day. -Eris

Sent by Eris | 2:19 AM | 3-15-2008

Hey, please fix your online article. You CAN have an "e day" and it is 2/7 (Feb. 7) which corresponds to 2.7.

Sent by BR | 2:32 AM | 3-15-2008

Pi Day - yay!
Damn.
I ate my pie.

Sent by claire | 3:14 AM | 3-15-2008

Dear Jon,

Give the Inspired Authors a break; do you know how hard it is to write a decimal point in Hebrew?

Sent by Matthew C. Scallon | 6:51 AM | 3-15-2008

Full circle.
Can't
Go without pi.

Sent by Steve Singkofer | 10:07 AM | 3-15-2008

O.k., I slipped, so here's a second edition.

Seventeen
That's
All I have learned:
three
point one four one five
nine two six five three five eight nine...uh...
seven nine
three two three, and so on.

Sent by arthur | 12:26 PM | 3-15-2008

how did I
miss
Pi Day?...Next Year!

Sent by Elizabeth | 12:43 PM | 3-15-2008

"Pi has been around a long time. A man named William Jones identified the magical number in the 1700s."
Excuse me??? I believe pi being C/D was known and identified a really long time before the 1700s! Perhaps the writer meant to say that The modern symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones. Your opinion does not have validity just because you uttered it. Get your facts straight!

Sent by Elizabeth | 3:39 PM | 3-15-2008

I'm late to the party as always, but I still wanna play. So, here is my pi-ku:

circumference
by
diameter

Accurate, if not creative. :P

Sent by David Newberry | 3:54 AM | 3-16-2008

Why the pi?
haiku here:

The Giant Pi drops;
at MathematiciansPictures.com;
I like to watch it.

Sent by Jillian | 9:49 AM | 3-16-2008

Quite something;
Awe,
All around us!

Universe
Poem
Constantly here.

What goes a
Round
Can come around...

Once again
What
Goes round comes back...

And once more,
Duck!
What left returns.

Meaningless?
Pi
Has its point.

However
Pi's
Irrational.

Sent by Rivkah | 4:24 PM | 3-16-2008

oops!

Has its point;
Pi
Meaningless?

Sent by Rivkah | 6:27 PM | 3-16-2008

point, rivkah
you
boomerang us

Sent by jayn | 6:31 PM | 3-16-2008

double oops! Oh, Great Judge of What Gets On The Blog, save me and remove the flawed pi-cus!!! Thank you!

Meaningless?
Pi
Has its one point.

Finally, a functional neuron trail! Yeah!

Sent by Rivkah | 5:25 PM | 3-17-2008

okay, yeah,
sure,
but not today

Sent by R Chetwynd | 10:42 AM | 3-24-2008

My, Oh my
Pi
You are useful

Sent by Tom Dennis | 7:46 PM | 3-28-2008

My friend memorized to about 50 digits of pi in 1 night and said it the next morning

Sent by Hunterxyz90 | 10:52 PM | 4-16-2008

3.1415926535897932384626433832795 and thats all i got... and no i'm not a nerd... i'm just smart!!!=]

Sent by Chapina | 8:38 AM | 4-23-2008

Three-Hundred
and
sixty degrees

Sent by thermanson | 3:08 PM | 5-19-2008

Circumference by
Diameter of the fruit
I eat apple PI

Sent by Mike Craghead | 12:48 AM | 7-10-2008

if pi were
three,
all circles would
be
hexagons. But they ain`t.

Sent by Mario | 2:17 PM | 7-10-2008