When Pi Day is sooooo EmbarrassingMarch 10, 2016
In Australia we don’t get too carried away with 14 March aka Pi Day aka 3.14.16 because, unlike Americans, we do not write the date as 3/14/16. We prefer 14/3/16.
Meanwhile Mathspig called her upcoming talk for the International Congress of Mathematical Education 2016 in Hamburg:
How many m&ms would kill a 14-year-old? Making middle-school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and π-in-your-face funny!
Then odd emails arrived relabelling my talk ‘…….. p-in-your-face funny!’
I thought it was a typo. Not so! The Germans, the Dutch and other European countries do not call π ‘Pi’, they call it ‘P’ or ‘Pee’ because ‘i’ is pronounced ‘ee’, for instance, in German. So I had called my great international maths talk Pee-in-your-face funny! And the German organising committee seemed happy enough with the title.
To be diplomatic and to avoid the attracting the wrong type of audience I’ve retitled my talk:
How many m&ms would kill a 14-year-old? Making middle-school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and ha^2 funny!
So Happy π Day English speakers and now, for a laugh, look at some of our Pi or Pee jokes through the eyes of, say, a German.
That’s because of the beer.
One whole day dedicated to pi.
Mathematicians in love .., awwww!
So cute or they’re pissed.
OK. ‘I 8 sum pi’ but adding the ‘delicous’ makes this weird for a German. D’Oh!
Very expensive bottle of pi.
Mmmm! Pecan pi.
Rabbit Pi must be a problem.
Dessert wine, maybe?
That’s, like, every day after a night out on the ‘piss’ as we so delicately call it in Australia.