Why would anyone vote against Pi. . . ?

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:

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

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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.

*ducks*

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

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?

By Jan-Maarten (not verified) on 13 Mar 2009 #permalink

An irrational responce seems...

...somehow right.

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.