Each year on March 14, Albert Einstein’s birthday (he was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany) is overshadowed by math geeks’ celebration of Pi day (3.14), a national holiday established by Congress on March 9, 2009 (most likely by a vote of 314 to 1). To make up for that slight, Princeton University, where Einstein held a position from 1933 to 1955, celebrates the crazy haired genius with an Albert Einstein look-alike contest as part of their pi day festivities that also include pie tossing, pie eating contests, and other pie-related tomfoolery popular with college students, especially those that are mathematically inclined.
There is no better way to celebrate National Pi Day, however, than to pun-nish pi lovers with wicked pi puns. Bookshelf presents some of the best pi puns (remember, it’s all relative) for pi lovers and paronomasiacs.
The roundest knight at Sir Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference who gained weight by eating too much pi.
The young mathematician was often teased by his colleagues about his pi in the sky ideas.
When the math teacher had to eat humble pi when he made an egregious mistake in calculating the area of a circle.
The movie critic who went to see American Pi gave it a rating of 3.14.
A perfectly spherical pumpkin makes excellent pumpkin pi.
Math majors make good pi makers.
The admission for the movie Life of Pi was $3.14.
Finding the diameter of a circle is as easy as apple pi.
Pi r square, cake r round.
3.14% of sailors are pi-rates.
The math teacher is so pretty, a real cutie pi.
The math teacher gets his large circumference from snacking on too many slices of pi.
For further reading: The Joy of Pi by David Blatner, Walker Publishing (1997)