Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Nerd Holidays

Why do people celebrate dumb days, like the first day of the year, the last day of the year, the day Jesus died, Halloween (which nobody really understands), the day a bunch of English settlers held Indians hostage and forced them to suffer the world's first "family dinner?"

I can't answer that question, but I can tell you why nerds celebrate these awesome days:
March 14th, Pi Day--Since Pi starts out "3.14," and the 14th of March is "3/14," this, by default, makes March 14th Pi Day. Typically, celebrations take place at 1:59:26 PM since a larger sequence of Pi is read 3.14159265... As a result of the obvious and cliche pun surrounding the full name of the Greek letter "pi," people frequently eat "pie" on this day.

March 15th, The Ides of March--On this day, the world lost a hero, Gaius Julius Caesar. This day is a day for mourning.

May 8 (7 during leap years), 128 Day--Similar to 256 day.

September 13 (12 during leap years), 256 Day--256 day is the 2^6 day of the year. 256, for the uneducated properly in math and science, is an important number, especially in computer programming.

In the end, what causes you to celebrate a holiday is irrelevant because the product of holidays are always the same--people drink a lot and get presents, and that's all that matters. Nerd holidays are just cooler.

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