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## Mathspig is very excited to note that Pi has been in the news this week.

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## Firstly, in an article titled Pimp My Memory New Scientist, 2nd April, cited Chao Lu’s feat of remembering π to 67,890 places in November 2005.

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## It took Chao (pictured below) 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite the 67,000plus places!!!!!!!!

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## If Mathspig was listening I dare say she would have fallen asleep and slammed her snout into the table top at 200kph at about the 300th decimal place.

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## But I can’t help wondering what would happen if some one said, Aussie style ‘Nah, mate! You missed one. That 61, 235 place was a 3!!!!!’

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## This is more a feat of memory than maths.

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# Wowwwwww !!!!^2!!!!

## Then The New Yorker, 4th April 2011, reported on Pi Day activities in the Facing History School (pictured ), Hell’s Kitchen, NY. (Below random students)

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## Maths teachers held a pi-memorisation day on Pi Day (3/14 in USA, which unfortunately in Australia is written 14/3) offering a new iPod Touch as a prize.

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## There was also a pi pie-eating contest and a pi “jeopardy” game. The Maths teachers all wore Pi Day teachers with names printed on the back such as Karina “The Algorithm” Garcia.

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## The winner of the pi-memorisation was a sophomore (Year 10 in Australia), Jason Gil, who recalled 162 digits. Yey!!! Go Jason.

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## Mathspig urges maths teachers to have a fun maths day. Other subjects have days and events!!! Give maths a big profile in your school. A Pi Day is good. And a pi-memorisation challenge can be lots of fun. Here are three ways to remember Pi.

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# 1.Phone No. Method

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## Some students at Facing History School, NY committed the pi sequence to memory by putting the numbers in blocks of cellphone numbers.

## 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971

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# 2. Song Method

## The Pi sequence can be remembered using a Pi Song. Here’s a song to recall the first 10 digits.

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## If numbers had a heaven

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## Their God would surely be

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## 3.1415

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## 92653

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## It is sung to the Mickey Mouse Club Song.

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## Here is a more entertaining song called Mathematical Pi Song by 4ACT, which proves that good mathematicians make crap singers.

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# 3. Piem Method

## The third way to memorise the pi sequence is to write a PIEM … or Pi Poem.

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## It can be a crazy poem but each word has the number of letters of the digit to be remembered.

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## How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy chapters involving quantum mechanics.

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## Here’s a piem by Maths pig:

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## Get a grip u maths pyschopath I’m afraid piday fun shidz students painfully.

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