People in Guam Are Most Interested in #PiDay and Other Interesting Facts About Pi

March 14, 2016 Updated: March 14, 2016

According to Google Trends, which tracks how often a particular search-term is queried across various world regions, people in the U.S. island territory of Guam have showed the highest interest in searching the term PiDay on Google.

According to Google Trends on Pi Day morning, the top 10 regions searching for Pi Day were as follows:

  1. Guam
  2. U.S. Virgin Islands
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Northern Mariana Islands
  5. Israel
  6. Macau 
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. China Bahrain

It’s not clear why Guam is so intrigued by Pi Day, but the list does seem to indicate an surprising pattern of island interest in pi.

Pi Day was officially designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009 to honor, π or pi—the mathematical constant for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

March 14 was chosen not because of any historical significance, but because written out as month and day—3.14—uses the first three digits of pi, which is approximately 3.14159. Actually, pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits.

Here are some fascinating facts that explan why everyone’s so excited about pi:

1. 3.14 in a mirror looks like “PIE.”

2.  3.14159 × 1337% = 42

Crib notes: Leet (or “1337”), or eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet used primarily on the Internet by gaming and hacking communities; 42 is, according to Douglas Adams in his comic sci-fi classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

3. This is what 1 million digits of pi looks like. It contains 99,959 zeros; 99,758 1s; 100,026 2s; 100,229 3s; 100,230 4s; 100,359 5s; 99,548 6s; 99,800 7s; 99,985 8s; and 100,106 9s.

4. Pi has been known for almost 4,000 years, starting with the ancient Babylonians (ca. 1900–1680 BC). They calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which according to one ancient tablet, equalled 3.125, which is pretty close.  

5. In one episode of Star Trek, “World in the Fold,” Spock defeats the evil entity that gets into the ship’s computer by ordering it to “compute to last digit the value of pi.”

6.  Pi is the sixteenth letter in the Greek alphabet and the P is the sixteenth letter in the English alphabet.

7. The record holder for memorizing digits of pi is Hiroyoki Gotu of Japan, who got to 42,195 decimal places in 1995.

8. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day in 1879 in Ulm Wurttemberg, Germany.

Happy Pi Day