Taking a pi break

Got a quick story for you. I shared this with a great friend who laughed a lot, but the thing is… most of the people I communicate with seem quite peeved by this story.  So now I have to share, because that seems an odd response to something I find delightfully funny. Feel free to share your joy or disgust in the comments…surely there’s something for me to learn here…perhaps?

I’ve actually been quite ill – some kind of infection. Nearly over it now. On Friday I read up on how the antibiotics are supposed to work and decided that I needed to be still for an hour after taking each one so my body has the resources available for a full scale attack. Being still, yeah right!

I started thinking about pi. Someone mentioned it on TV the night before. Jewish guy we rescued from destitution years ago used his ability to recite pi to 14 places as part of his argument for why jews are genetically superior. My friend Greg can rattle off pi to 12 decimal places.

I recalled that 22/7 was a representation of pi – something I was told in school, but I ran the numbers in my head and quickly discovered it’s completely wrong. So I looked up the decimal representation.

Ten minutes later I have memorised pi to 27 decimal places. I thought that was enough considering I was supposed to be relaxing. What can I say other than it’s an intriguing number/concept?

An hour later in the shower I was reciting pi however, after the 27th number I found myself saying – “and the last three numbers are 279.”  As in, to round up to 30 places.  Cracked myself up.

Thus far I have no use for this info. I will laugh even more if I do find a use for it.




17 thoughts on “Taking a pi break

  1. I’m not sure why the aforementioned people appeared upset by your story. I thought it was intriguing and I also laughed. Bouquets to you for getting up to 30 places in Pi. Is that a record? Well done I say and good to hear you’re now better. I did think of you the other day and wondered why I hadn’t see a post from you for some time. Keep on, keeping on Robyn!

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Apologies for the absence, I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I’m assuming/hoping it’s not a record, or perhaps it qualifies for the accidental book of world records…hehe.

      How are you going Wendy? It’s lovely to hear from you. I hope you’ve been well – living it up and all that 🙂


  2. DesertAbba says:

    I’ve been struggling with a case of shingles and its painful after-effects so haven’t said anything for a while either. Loved your pi tale. It hasn’t occurred to me to do anything so meditative and msytical as memorizing pi’s decimals; my method has been a gin and tonic. Thanks, Robyn, for you post and for peeking my latest.

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    • jamborobyn says:

      Sorry to hear you haven’t been well. I was also in enough pain to warrant alcoholic relief, it just never occurred to me – maybe next time. In that case the story would probably be titled drunken memories of pi. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I loved your post today.


  3. Too funny Robyn. I totally appreciate this story and needed the chuckle. What flavor was that pi by the way? Looks like flan. 🙂

    I hope your feel better and are getting needed rest.

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    • jamborobyn says:

      I don’t know what cake that is… but I love to bake… I can feel a pi cake coming on, LOL!
      Definitely getting lots of rest and feeling better every day. So happy the story made you laugh.


  4. Sorry, I meant to send my wishes for getting well and sending healing you way earlier when I visited your post. Wishing you health.

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  5. Fan of Dickens says:

    Lovely post. Do you like Kath Bush’s song “Pi”? One of my favourites!

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  6. sojourner says:

    I have been checking in every so often, and I wondered if you were ill or just getting away from the internet madness. I’m glad you are getting well!

    I must admit that I am a mathematical moron, no Jewish superiority in me! So how I find this story funny, is that I do something very similar to this. I’ll hear something I haven’t heard for a while, and it will stay with me, and sometimes, especially with math, I’ll actually work this out in my head, and then I go, “So this is what they were trying to teach me a half-century ago?” And then, like you, I find this more than amusing, and then forget about it until I hear or see it again.

    Being a musician, I get an old melody stuck in my head, and it takes me days to make it stop playing over and over again. Maybe I need a frontal lobotomy?;-)

    Oh, and by the way, 279 is a security code on my financial device!

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    • jamborobyn says:

      I love your comment! There’s no Jewish superiority in me me either, LOL! It is written many times that if only I’d been given a lobotomy at age 12…

      I hope you’ve been really well. I’m still resting as much as possible and will probably catch up on my blog reading over the weekend.

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      • sojourner says:

        It’s good to hear from you!

        I’m hangin’ in there! If the body would still respond like the mind still is, then life would be easier.

        Glad you’re feeling better and back! Looking forward to some new poetry!

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  7. robert okaji says:

    But will your pie be squared or round? Just wondering. 🙂


  8. The things we’ll do to ourselves. 😛 The PiE looks yum.

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