Today is Pi Day, and if you find that puzzling then just look at the calendar: The date is 3/14/15, or the first five digits of pi. (For those who may have forgotten everything they learned in middle school geometry, that's the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.) If taking a pie-centric road trip through Texas Hill Country, going on a New Orleans pie crawl, or devouring the finest pies L.A. has to offer aren't viable options for your Pi Day celebration, here are some stories and videos about pie instead:
Vox takes on the good ol' "Pie vs Cake" debate, with one vehement pie supporter arguing that "cake is just a circular dessert that is trying to be as good as pie."
Slate explores the history of how pie evolved from "semiedible avian tombs" popular in medieval England into the sweet American dessert it is today.
Meanwhile, another Slate writer proclaims Pie "un-American," declaring it "an interloper trading on a false history and a tangle of confusion about its cultural role."
Modern Farmer offers up a handy guide to seasonal pie-eating, presented (how else) in a pie chart.
Oh hey, remember that time a guy bought 23 Burger King apple pies just to spite a bratty kid?
Oh, and POTUS prefers pie over cake, in case you were wondering.
Now, some videos about pie. Here's a biophysicist demonstrating the best way to make pie crust:
A slightly less scientific take on pie crust-making, from the bakers at Brooklyn pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds:
A charming take on blackberry pie made with berries foraged in Seattle:
Bespoke - Blackberry Pie - from Nick Bolton on Vimeo.
And finally, here's the animated patron saint of Duff Beer facing off against a freshly baked pie:
Homer vs pie from Brad Wall on Vimeo.