ABC's closing feature was a labor of love for Bill Blakemore (subscription required). The day is March 14th, otherwise written as 3.14, the first three digits of the irrational number pi. Blakemore has a party trick to recite pi to 50 places but he conceded his skill is strictly "amateur night." Check out the English brain researcher who remembers the number by imagining Britney Spears in a bathtub with Albert Einstein and the two little girls in The Shining "cartwheeling towards Bruce Lee." YouTube has a special section devoted to pi memorizers. The current world champion in Japan recited the number to 100,000 places in sixteen hours.
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