1 Conversation

What *is* pi, anyhow? I have undertaken the difficult job of researching this strange thing, "pi."

First, it seemed that pi is a sort of pastry which can be apple or cherry or many other kinds of fruit, best served hot with some ice cream.

Then, after a few weeks I looked over my notes and realized I'd gone wrong somewhere.

Pi is also a movie.

But that wasn't wnough. Pi must be terribly special to have a movie made about it.

I started over from the beginning, now researching more carefully, and after a few more weeks, I discovered something.

Pi is a NUMBER!

"What are you talking about?" I can hear you thinking, "Pi can't be a number! Numbers look like this: 1, 2, 3, 4..."


Pi is a special number

It appears to be a special number in some kinds of mathematics, and most importantly, a number that many people are obsessed with.

Pi is often approximated to 3.14159, although many other decimals in actuallity follow.

There is a great following of people who like to memorize large numbers fo digits of pi!

There is apparently a great amount of prestige among these people in knowing a large number of digits of pi.

If you ever want to be prestigous amound these groups, you must know much of pi.

In order to start you off, I will provide a number of digits of pi (from memory, of course).


If you wish to be recognised among many groups of people as a very intelligent and prestigous person, succumb to this fad and memorize pi!

Bookmark on your Personal Space

Conversations About This Entry



Infinite Improbability Drive

Infinite Improbability Drive

Read a random Edited Entry

Written and Edited by


h2g2 is created by h2g2's users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the Not Panicking Ltd. Unlike Edited Entries, Entries have not been checked by an Editor. If you consider any Entry to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please register a complaint. For any other comments, please visit the Feedback page.

Write an Entry

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. It has been compiled and recompiled many times and under many different editorships. It contains contributions from countless numbers of travellers and researchers."

Write an entry
Read more