… is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any Euclidean plane circle’s circumference to its diameter; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159265 in the usual decimal notation. Many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering, involve π, which makes it one of the most important mathematical constants.
π is an irrational number and cannot be expressed in a fraction.
Now we’re done with the geek bit. And we’re on to the fun stuff.
Pi Day was created by Larry Shaw in 1989. According to Wikipedia:
The holiday was celebrated at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.
In celebration, here is a bit of Pi for your enjoyment.
The mythological sphinx, while not to be confused with the Sphynx, does combine elements of other species. How many of us have observed, while watching a cat “he/she looks like a bat! An Owl… A panther, monkey, rat, wolf, bird….”
I often think of Tito as a wolf with stripes, but as to Mazuzu Whang…
Our friend Flumptytail is a cat lover. She has single handedly taken the “trap, neuter, spay” thing to heart. She has 28 kitties who are ferals and strays. She has spayed and neutered every one of them and feeds them all. Her story makes us feel all warm inside as she is doing something rather than just talking about it.
This video is documentary about Jake Perry, a Texan who gave Crème Puff some of her best years. Creme Puff is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the oldest kitty. This man has rescued scores of kitties and even shows them, when he can. He has had two of the longest lived cats ever. His love of kitties is so very apparent.
Yes Flumptytail, this vid is dedicated to you and all your kitties.
Research continues into the extremes of violence demonstrated by Mazuzu Whang whilst at play.
I have posted before in “Dance Hall Days” about his tendency to not only chase a laser dot on the floor, but to absolutely obliterate it. I’ve also observed his disregard for human comfort or safety when chasing or being chased by Tito, bouncing off us at high speed while we sleep…
I now think we may have an explanation for this Clockwork Orange level of violence.
While a dog curls its tongue like a ladle to collect the water and then pull up what it can, a cat curves its tongue under and slightly back, leaving the top surface of the tip of the tongue to lightly touch the liquid. The cat then raises its tongue rapidly, creating an upward mini-stream of water. The cat snaps its mouth shut and the water is captured before the countervailing force of gravity pulls it down.
An average house cat, the team found, can make four of these mini-streams per second.