It’s day two of π week here at The Messy Middle (if you missed Day One you can find it here — check out the good pi tunes). While most of the world will keep their π joy to a mere day, π (or Pi) has more to offer than can be contained in one post. Between the songs, cartoons, jokes, T-shirts, and poetry, there’s a lot of π love going on!

I’m having a subscription drive and if  31.4 people subscribe by Friday night (China time), anyone who has left a comment this week will win the chance to have a delicious pie sent to anyone of their choice in the US. No it’s not tacky to choose yourself  :) 

Now, on to the fun of the day … witty cartoons!


Mind blown indeed! It’s kind of like the mid-80s when you could supposedly get a message from the devil if you played a record backwards … only SO. MUCH. BETTER. Or when you’d be bored in math class and punch in 0.7734 spelling hello to your friend and wait for the teacher not to be looking so you could flash your calculator at said friend. Or when you’d cuss saying “there’s going to be 7734 to pay!” OK, maybe no one else did these things. Did I mention I’ve been a math geek for a while?


Did anyone else mistake Pi for a turkey at first glance?

What? No. OK, moving on.

apple pi

I guess you can’t really make a cartoon of carving pi out of French silk and expect anyone to get it :).


I’m putting together a Pi lesson for class on Friday and I’m thinking this one will take some explaining. {And yes, I’m going to make the write pi-ku and will share some on Saturday when I announce the winner.}

Thank you thank you for getting the word out on the subscription drive. I couldn’t do it without you. We’re over 15% of the way to the subscription goal.  Remember you can sign up for either the newsletter (and get a free book!) or this blog — either way, look up to the right at the home page of The Messy Middle and just enter your email address.

Which cartoon did you like the best? Leave a comment and be entered in the drawing! And happy pi week everyone :)  Amy

Categories: Holiday, Just for fun



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  1. sandy March 12, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    the turkey, no question.

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

      then I won’t ask one :)

  2. Debbie Marshall March 12, 2013 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I did identify with the chickenPi chicken. Being an extrovert, I also tend to go on and on. haha :) thanks Amy

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 6:47 am - Reply

      oh Debbie, you are a crack up!

  3. Nita Kulesa March 12, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Well, it was a toss up between the chickens in the bar and the pi/pie. However, I must vote for the pi/pie because I had to look again before I got it! Hope you’re well!

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 6:46 am - Reply

      I think that’s my favorite one too :)

  4. Melissa March 12, 2013 at 7:49 am - Reply

    I loved little Pi getting called by his full name!

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Um, let’s just say I can relate :)

    • Michelle March 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      It was the one I related to as well. Since my brother and I have similar names when the middle name came out you knew you were in for it.

  5. Kristi March 12, 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I like the mirror image of 3.14 one. :)

  6. Rhonda March 12, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

    As much as I groan ( with love) at the cartoons ( remember I am NOT a math geek), I will have to say I prefer the Apple/Pi one. As I read your emails this week, I can recall the look of joy on your face ( from Beijing) when you talk about Pi and that to me is what is all about. Have a great Pi week!

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

      :) … you know I DO get quite excited about it! Thanks Rhonda!

  7. Jennifer March 12, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Mind Blown is my favorite. I’m going to show it to my students Thursday. I loved these!

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Me too :) … jokes are coming tomorrow!

  8. Lindsey Seader March 12, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    By far the 3.14 backwards is pie. I felt exactly like the cartoon-being with my mouth wide open.
    I also wrote “hello” on my calculator to people. Or to myself, really :)

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

      I bet you said 0.7734 back to yourself too :)

  9. katina vaselopulos March 12, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I saw a turkey
    before I saw a π .
    I am not a math geek,
    so I vote for the apple π.

    Looking forward to …jokes tomorrow!

  10. Amanda March 12, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I saw a turkey too and that one’s my favorite. Once I got it, I honestly started laughing …

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

      great minds and all :)

  11. Laura March 12, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Mind Blown is my favorite. How could I never have seen that before? That’s Pi-erific!

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      Amy March 13, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

      As is your wit!

  12. Becky Amundson March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I SO did those calculator messages!

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      You’re the kind of person I would have worked out secret messages to and flashed :)

  13. Nick T. March 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    MIND BLOWN! That was my favorite FOR SURE.

    A note about my family: I am SO proud that Basil was born on Pi day. he was born at lunch time, but how awesome would it have been if he was born March 14 at 1:59?!?

    The upside down calculator was one of my favorite ways to show words. Remember pagers/beepers? Ever try to send your friend a message where the numbers make no sense and then BAM! you turn it upside down and the simple 530453080 becomes “Oboe Shoes”? Or 50538 becomes “Besos”? (kisses in Spanish)

    *sigh of joy*

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      Amy March 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply


      And I love, “sigh of joy!”

  14. Frank March 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Those cartoons were great! However, if I were to create my own, it’d probably end up being “pithetic.”

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      Amy March 13, 2013 at 5:32 am - Reply

      DO it!! :)

  15. Mark Allman March 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    All of the cartoons were great. I have always been intrigued by the Golden Ratio or Phi. Math is fascinating and few realize how closely tied it is to almost everything including music.

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      Amy March 13, 2013 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Fascinating is such an apt descriptor!

  16. Amy March 13, 2013 at 2:53 am - Reply

    When I taught high school math I’d celebrate “Pi Day” by letting kids bring in a pie to share during class. We’d also build “towers” using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows. The point was to learn (or prove!) by trial and error that the triangle is the strongest support shape/structure…over rectangles and squares… that sagged. Loved the cartoons…I shared with several peeps. Amazing math… :)

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      Amy March 13, 2013 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Those are fun (but crazy) days in the classroom!

  17. Katherine March 13, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Like Nita, I had to look at the pi/pie cartoon a 2nd time before I got it. That is the one I choose.

  18. Chakri June 6, 2013 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Hi Amy, thanks for sharing my cartoon. I’m the apple pie cartoonist. With this sharing, I’m sure my popularity has gone up by at least 0.00314159%. Haha. Just want to share a few more of my Pi/Pie cartoons. Cheers.

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      Amy June 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Chakri — Thanks!! Loved seeing them … I think you can tell I’m a pi fanatic :)

      • Chakri June 11, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

        Hi Amy, yes I see that :) Feel free to use any of my cartoons for your future articles. I have a few Math related cartoons too. Cheers.

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