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Mar 15, 2018

If you’re listening to this on the day it comes out, beware the Ides of March! That is if you’re Julius Caesar. But in all honesty, I tried looking up the ides of March and, really, when I found out how Romans calculated dates and that they actually counted backward from certain points within the month instead of, you know, sequentially, I gave up and got a slice of today’s topic to celebrate March 14th instead.

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Sources:

Today Is the 30th Anniversary of Pi Day. Here's What You Should Know About the Irrational Number - Time

History of Pies - The American Pie Council

A Brief History of Pie - Time

How Pie Got Its Sweetness - Slate

What is Pi Day? - History.com

Stop Celebrating Pi Day, And Embrace Tau As The True Circle Constant - The Verge

A Brief History of π - Exploratorium

Archimedes - The Disney Wiki