Pi Day- 2019

Started by a physicist at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, Pi Day soon became an annual national celebration. And celebrate we did on 3/14. The number of people and the amount of food far exceeded our expectation. Yes, we had pies - of every flavor imaginable (with  ice cream or whip cream), but then came the other pies: spaghetti pie, pizza pie, chicken pot pie. OH MY!


There were games, songs, activities, a multimedia presentation about all things Pi, and even a medley of Pi-Ku readings (see below the slide show). This turned out to be one of the funniest and unusual celebrations we have ever staged in Portal. 


                                             The Pi-Ku Contest


"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

A Pi-Ku is similar, except that the number of syllables must correspond to the digits of Pi (3.1415 ). Accordingly, a Pi-Ku works like this:


-- First line: 3 syllables

-- Second line: 1 syllable

-- Third line: 4 syllables

— Fourth line (optional): 1 syllable

—Fifth line (optional) 5 syllables

Here are some entrants from Pi Day


By Linda Pretty (ok, one extra syllable) 

Portal is

the

place for me and thee 


Narca (One extra line)

PI rČ

Or

Pie are roundish

I'm

All In



Teri Denson (Three lines)

Ode to Pi

Why?

Circumference?

No

Not just that. It’s a

Reason for a party in Portal


By Jackie Lewis (a 3-14-2 huh?)

Favorite

Pie is the one I bake or buy and eat until it is

Gone. Yummy


By Howierd

This Pi Day

Was

Portal at its best!

© Howard Topoff 2011