The Pi Day bill went up for a vote today and passed 391-10. Now Congressman Jason Chaffetz explains (via Twitter, natch) why he dared vote against the hallowed number:


Fie, fie! No Yes PeCan Pi for you, Representative Chaffetz (R-Utah)! But kudos for a creative excuse.


  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    March 12, 2009

    Shouldn’t it have passed 314-15?

  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    March 12, 2009

    If only the House of Representatives were that organized. 😉

  3. #3 David Bruggeman
    March 13, 2009

    This is a guy who won’t admit Stephen Colbert whipped him repeatedly in leg wrestling. I know it’s asking a bit much to expect House members to act like, well, folks that should have The Honorable in front of their name. Chaffetz doesn’t even try.

  4. #4 eddie
    March 13, 2009

    In USA 3 14 is 14th March. In UK we tried 31 4 but april doesn;t have 31 days. Only works because you guys can’t do dates properly.


  5. #5 Jessica Palmer
    March 13, 2009

    It’s so sad that pi doesn’t work in the UK, eddie! How on earth do you calculate circumferences over there? Poor Brits. 😉

  6. #6 Jan-Maarten
    March 13, 2009

    The brits probably use circles as their basic geometric elements, and derive lines from there.. then you’d need pi in reverse, which might go better with the dates (quick math: one divided by pi gives you .318etc. so 31st of August it is?).

    It’s a miracle the brits calculate anything! 😉 They use ‘stone’ as a measurement! And ‘feet’ too, but then again you ‘mericans are not truly metric yet either, now are ya?

  7. #7 SpotWeld
    March 13, 2009

    An irrational responce seems…

    …somehow right.

  8. #8 arvind
    March 13, 2009

    Eddie, there’s hope for you! Some Brit on PZ’s blog or somewhere else on scienceblogs was actually saying that 22/7 is the appropriate date for Brits! 🙂

    And Jessica, speaking of the pie you made, did you see this one? I just found it today, and loved the numbers along the circumference. Thought I’d share.

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