March 14, 2012: March Madness, Pi Day, Potato Chip Day

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March 14, 2012

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★~ Today’s Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

★~ March Madness:

Remember the Oscar pool? Well, it was so much fun we decided to set up a March Madness Pool. When I say, “we,” I am including Facebook friends, who are always willing to help me realize my dream of being a bookie. Anyway, here is the March Madness information if you would like to play along. The more people who play, the more, um, well, let’s just say the merrier we are. Especially the winner. And trust me, you do not need to know anything about baseball to play.

If you are interested in joining the March Madness Fun, please follow these steps:

Go to Run Our Pool

Enter the following information:
a. In the Pool ID box, enter the number 15479
b. In the Pool Password box, enter ‘waldorf’ (without the single quotes)

Fill out the form information, including a personal username and password. (Rest assured, this information will NOT be sold or utilized for spam email under ANY circumstances.)

Make your bracket picks, with the ability to change them right up until your pool’s deadline (March 15)

Brackets are $10.00. After you join the fun I will send you an e-mail with payment information.

★~ National Pi Day:

Pi Day is celebrated every year on 3/14. Coincidentally, this happens to be the birthday of Albert Einstein, a man who was not unfamiliar with theories and mathematical concepts.

★~Potato Chip Day:  

Americans consume 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips each year. It’s the nation’s favorite snack food! We love them as companions to sandwiches, dunked in dip, or as a midday snack.

An Irish chef named George Crum invented potato chips in Saratoga Springs in 1853. One day, a picky customer kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were too thick and soggy. Crum responded by slicing the potatoes so thin that they couldn’t be eaten with a fork. The customer was so pleased with Crum’s crispy creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant’s menu

The best potato chip in the whole entire universe is Classic Lay’s.  Just in case you were wondering.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1950 – The F.B.I. released its first Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The first person to make the list was Thomas James Holden.

♥~ 1959 – Elvis Presley made the album charts, but no one would have known by the title of the disk. For LP Fans Only was the first LP ever issued without the artist’s name to be found anywhere on the cover — front or back.

♥~ 1968 – After two seasons on television, ABC-TV showed the last episode of Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Robin. The first Batman episode was Hi Diddle Riddle, shown on January 12, 1966. The pilot program for Batman cost $300,000 — quite expensive by 1966 standards.

♥~ 1972 – Cosmopolitan magazine released its controversial issue with actor Burt Reynolds in a nude pose. The issue was a sell-out.

♥~ 1990 – Church officials in Belgium discovered that eight nuns had sold their convent in Bruges for $1.4 million, moved to France, and bought a castle.

♥~ 2005 – Thieves broke into an storage hall in Steinfurt, Germany, and stole 200 fully loaded gumball machines.

★~Born Today: 

♥~ 1879 – Albert Einstein Nobel Prize-winning physicist [1921]: developed the Theory of Relativity.

♥~ 1911 – Akira Yoshizawa was considered to be the grandmaster of origami. He is credited with raising origami from a craft to a living art. Check out the Google Doodle and/or make your own flapping bird!

♥~ 1933 – Michael Caine, Actor

♥~ 1945 – Michael Martin Murphey song writer, singer: Wildfire, Carolina in the Pines, What’s Forever For, Geronimo’s Cadillac, Renegade, A Long Line of Love.

♥~ 1948 – Billy Crystal, Actor

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Pi is a remarkable number: π=3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679 82148 08651 32823 …

♥~ Pi is the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet

~ In Germany, a term for π, named for the 16th century mathematician who calculated π to 32 places, which were subsequently engraved on his tombstone

♥~ In 1897, Indians’s state’s senate considered a bill that would officially change the value of π to a less tedious number, such as 3 and 1/5

♥~ Chao Lu of China recited 67,890 decimal places on 20 November 2005, a world’s record.

♥~ An eighteenth-century French mathematician named Georges Buffon devised a way to calculate pi based on probability. You can try Buffon’s needle experiment for yourself (virtually) by clicking this link Buffon needle experiment . Some ants apparently actually use this algorithm to measure the size of potential nest sites!


Cole is still researching the perfect car.

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In the mean time while the research goes on, he is driving my car to school, and arriving early or on time without me. This is a little embarrassing. Teachers might begin to think his tardiness in the past was my fault. I told him, “Cole, tomorrow you had better be late!!”

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but the Chicago weather has been positively beautiful. My sweet mother, who has dealt with a less than stellar winter (in fact, on average the weather in New Mexico has been worse than Chicago), informed me we would have a very “buggy summer.” My guest room offer to winter here next year is being reconsidered.

What’s new with you? Odd loves company, so leave a comment if you have a morno moment!


13 thoughts on “March 14, 2012: March Madness, Pi Day, Potato Chip Day

  1. Baseball? I’m in!
    Classic Lays I could easily eat an entire bag but today I think I will have Pi instead.

    Have a good one!

  2. PI Day! A Geeks dream day. Lay’s potato chips-nothing can come close. Cole research is very impressive! Love the colors.

    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday ^ Hi Mike! Miss fighting with you every morning.

  3. Pi Day! I use to mark this day on my Calendar and now I forgot about it all together. My geek math days are long behind me now I guess. The best my children can hope for is a mother that is happy to do there math homework for them :-D. Cole’s PAPER research is fabulous.
    Lay’s potato chips are the best. And now I am going crave them all day long. Thank you.

    Have a great day.

  4. Domer, thankfully, didn’t have to agonize about his first car. It was a hand-me-down from me, and he’d picked it out in the first place — best of all, I got a new one (benefits of the one holding the purse, haha!)

  5. Don’t throw that PI stuff at me….I hate math or any other form of algebra or anything of that nature…Refuse to do it or even thinking of it gives me a headache. But I will tell you one thing.. When I was in my 30’s I worked at a little factory in Capron and there were 3 of us gals that worked upstairs in a room all of our own and we had that very picture of Burt hanging on the wall right in front of us. I was a great big poster and we kept trying to move his arm, but he wouldn’t co-operate with us..LOL. We drooled over that for a long time. Wonder if it is still hanging there.

    • The pressure is on I am driving tomorrow and I know if we pull up late there will be a gaggle of teacher to witness it! Darn kid–he is really complicating things. :-/

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