Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Square Root Day, 03/03/09

Square Root Day

How much do we love square roots at the Almanac of Merriment?  So much that we are prepared to give up our lunch breaks to blog about them.  (Your wish is my command, Edgy.) 

Today, 03/03/09, is one of just ten Square Root Days that we will have this century.  To have a Square Root Day one must have a day and a month that equal the square root of the last two digits of the year.  

The other nine Square Root Days in this, or any, century fall on 01/01/01; 02/02/04; 04/04/16; 05/05/25; 06/06/36; 07/07/49; 08/08/64; 09/09/81; and 10/10/2100.  As you can see, the amount of time between Square Root Days increases exponentially as the century progress... much like the distance between um...prime numbers?  No, wait I remember... numbers with perfect squares.  (Whew!  It's been a really long time since my last math class.  My last math class that didn't involve Excel, that is.)

Anyway, Edgy thinks this is a perfect day to eat square root vegetables.  Root vegetables that are square is shape, that is.  I wonder if there are any restaurants that are offering square veggies as a special today?   


Th. said...


Oh. I wish I had read this before school. I totally would have talked with my kids about it.

absent-minded secretary said...

I'm sorry. I haven't been keeping up with my holidays lately. Edgy had to let me know about this one. And it's a totally cool one too, I should have been on top of it.

Mr. Fob said...

One should also listen to the Roots today. They were originally called the Square Roots. If you don't own any albums (though I can't imagine why not), you can see them tonight (and every night) on the Late Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Oh, and today is Girls' Day. 5/5 is Boys' Day.

Edgy said...

And look at all the comments you got today. You really ought to blog more often. ;)

laura said...

Aah. I've missed you. I also missed square root day. Can we agree to celebrate mole day together? Maybe we can eat a mole? (No! That was for joke. But I'd be happy to eat 6.03x10 to the 23rd Natural Cheetos with you!)

absent-minded secretary said...

Mr. Fob: I don't own any Roots albums, but I did listen to them on Jimmy Falon and now I am wondering why I don't.

Edgy: Note taken.

Laura: I thought about emailing you about Square Root Day. I thought your family might enjoy celebrating it... now, I wish I had. And, funny that you should mention Natural Cheetos, I always think of you and Chris when I eat them, I think because one time when we were eating them he said "There's nothing natural about these, they don't grow on trees, they are squeezed out of a machine!"

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