The stupidity and innumeracy of Americans, and in particular American fundamentalists, never ceases to astound me.

Recently on Yahoo, some bozo posted [something claiming that the bible was all correct][yahoo], and that genetics would show that bats were actually birds. But that’s not the real prize. The *real* prize of the discussion was in the ensuing thread.

A doubter posted the following question:

>please explain 1 kings 7.23 and how a circle can have a circumference of 30 of

>a unit and a radiius of 10 of a unit and i will become a christian

>

>23 And he made the Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other;

>it was completely round. Its height was five cubits, and a line of thirty

>cubits measured its circumference. (1 Kings 7:23, NKJV)

And the answer is one of the all-time greats of moronic innumeracy:

>Very easy. You are talking about the value of Pi.

>That is actually 3 not 3.14…….

>The digits after the decimal forms a geometric series and

>it will converge to the value zero. So, 3.14…..=3.00=3.

>Nobody still calculated the precise value of Pi. In future

>they will and apply advenced Mathematics to prove the value of Pi=3.

[yahoo]: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20060808164320AAl8z7K&r=w#EsArCTu7WTNaDSL.CVTGFHpKzx2nixwD70ICPWo2wTRcAQawQUIY