Celebrate Pi Day in North Carolina With Discount Pizza and Philosophy


By Michael McElroy

March 13, 2023

We can honor both Pi and Pie on the same day. Win, win.

Pi, that favorite of math classes everywhere, is an irrational number.

We like that. Because it makes us feel better about not having any idea what Pi actually means, especially after it’s been explained to us.

The number Pi—and what a weird name for a number, right—is 3.14 and then all the other numbers in the history of the world. But it’s those first three we care about today, March 14, or 3/14. That’s right, Pi Day. 

Why celebrate Pi Day? 

Well, for those of you interested, Pi, or π if you prefer, is the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter. Essentially, no matter how big one of those gets, its relationship to the other will always be the same. 

Wouldn’t it be great if our relationships to one another were as stable.

Pi is irrational because it’s both endless and constantly changing. The digits go on for infinity, but they never repeat from one to the next. You’ll never find a six, two, three or nine, for example, back to back amid the ceaseless stream. The relationship between a circle’s fundamental structures, therefore, adjusts without compromising itself. 

Wouldn’t that be nice. 

Of course we also celebrate Pi day because sometimes pie shops and pizza places offer cheap slices or whatever.

So in honor of a better reach toward more sustainable selves, we’d like to direct you to this roundup of businesses in the Triangle and Charlotte offering Pi Day deals, courtesy of the websites Triangle on the Cheap and Charlotte on the Cheap.

Happy Pi Day!


  • Michael McElroy

    Michael McElroy is Cardinal & Pine's political correspondent. He is an adjunct instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a former editor at The New York Times.

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