The Bottom Line: March 14th is National Potato Chip Day!
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March 14th is National Potato Chip Day! Did you know that Americans consume 1.2-billion pounds of potato chips each year? It’s the nation’s favorite snack food!
According to legend, Irish chef George Crum allegedly invented potato chips in Saratoga Springs in 1853.
As the story goes, railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbiltkept 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. Vanderbilt was said to be so pleased with the crispy creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant's menu!
The Bottom Line: March 14th is Pi Day!
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March 14th is Pi Day! This annual celebration is always on March 14th and commemorates the mathematical constant of Pi (π). It is celebrated on 3/14, as it signifies the three most significant digits of Pi in the decimal form: 3, 1, and 4.
How to celebrate Pi Day? There are lots of ways, throwing pies, discussing the significance of the number...or just including eating pie.
And here’s a fun fact – MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has often mailed its application decision letters to prospective college students for delivery on Pi Day! Starting in 2012, MIT has posted its application decisions on a private website on Pi Day, exactly at 6:28pm. They have deemed this “Tau Time,” which is in honor of the rival numbers Pi and Tau.
Pi has been mathematically calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point! Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun concept to celebrate and study. Spend today learning about its origins or trying to memorize as much of it as you can.