Happy Square Root Day

When the month and day form the square root of the year, math geeks celebrate a special holiday.  Presumably.  I don’t know to many math geeks.  Actually, the closest I come is myself and that watching that show Numbers on Saturday morning.

“These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day — and poof — they’re gone,” said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event.

The winner gets, of course, $339 for having the biggest Square Root Day event.

Gordon’s daughter even set up a Facebook page — one of a half-dozen or so dedicated to the holiday — and hundreds of people had signed up with plans to celebrate in some way. Celebrations are as varied: Some cut root vegetables into squares, others make food in the shape of a square root symbol.

The last such day was five years ago, Feb. 2, 2004, which coincided with Groundhog Day. The next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.

There are only nine such days this century. Better make the most of it. I’m going to celebrate by cutting root vegetables into squares. Anyone have a good suggestion for how to celebrate?

I kinda feel like everyone should get this day off from work.  (We’re sticking this one to the front page today!)

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