Monday, March 14, 2011

Hurrah, it's Pi Day! 3.14159265...

From Wikipedia:

Many schools around the world observe Pi Day (March 14, from 3.14).

In the
Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Wolf in the Fold", after a murderous alien entity (which had once been Jack the Ripper) takes over the Enterprise's main computer with the intention of using it to slowly kill the crew, Kirk and Spock draw the entity out of the computer by forcing it to compute pi to the nonexistent last digit, causing the creature to abandon the computer, allowing it to be beamed into space.

Wheel of Dublin (Ferris wheel) has been nicknamed "the pi in the sky".

In the fictional movie,
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, pi is the answer to the combination that will allow the Tablet of Akh-man-Ra to open the gates to the Underworld.

Pi Day pie, which actually looks more like a temptingly-delicious cheesecake!

I am more concerned however, with the thought of how tomorrow will be celebrated.

Again, from Wikipedia:

The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

On his way to the
Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, "Well, the Ides of March have come." , to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March".

Vincenzo Camuccini, Mort de C├ęsar, 1798.

Sad to say, considering the thuggery and death threats over the past several weeks (especially in Wisconsin), I would not be surprised if some UNION GOON tries SOMETHING!