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3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816 (or Mathematical Pi to the tune of 'American Pie')


Ken Ferrier and Antoni Chan

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A long, long time ago
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Long before the Super Bowl and things like lemonade
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The Hellenic Republic was full of smarts
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And a question resting on the Grecian hearts
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Was "What is the circumference of a circle?" 
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But they were set on rational numbers
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And it ranks among their biggest blunders
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They worked on it for years 
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And confirmed one of their biggest fears
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I can't be certain if they cried when irrationality was realized
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But something deep within them died 
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the day they discovered pi.
They were thinking

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Pi, pi, mathematical pi
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3 point 14 15 92
A  D  A  E
65 35 89 7
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932384 62
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6433832 7 (not rounded)

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Well this kind of pie is different than most
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It hasn't got berries, ain't spread on toast
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And that's how it's always been
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We keep extending its decimal places
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Pushing our computers through their paces
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But we'll never reach the end

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So why the fascination with
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A number whose end is just a myth
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Whence the adulation
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For mental masturbation
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It might have something to do with the stars
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To calculate distances from afar 
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But that's just a guess 'bout the way things are
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Regarding the precision of pi
I am pondering


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Now I feel that I should mention
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Pi is applicable in any dimension
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At least as far as I know
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If there were no Pi we'd be missing things
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Like marbles and mugs and balls of string
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And sports such as soccer and curling
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The orbs in their celestial paths
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Navigate along elliptical graphs
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Ellipses have pi in them too
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Just one side of them has grew
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You can see pi in most everything
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It's in Cornell's Electron Storage Ring
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And also in slinkies and other springs
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And that's why it's important to know pi
You should memorize


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Once one night I had a dream 
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That pi was gone and I had to scream
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Cause all pi things had disappeared  (pause)
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Can you imagine a world like that
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Circles aren't round and spheres are flat
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It's the culmination of everything we've feared
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'Twas a nightmare of epic proportions
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One that gave me brain contortions
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Oh wait!  I mean contusions
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They put me in some institutions
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But then I escaped and now I'm free
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To sing of the virtue of pi


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