Oh sweet celebration! Happy Square Root Day, ya’ll! Today (incase you forgot) is 03/03/09, so mathematically…√9 = 3, or 3² = 3 × 3 = 9. Stop judging me, I did not come up with this and I had to copy and paste the math from my source. I just like to keep you informed. Here’s what the mathematical mastermind, Ron Gordon, has to say about Square Root Day:
“Square Root Days are special because they’re so rare,” he said, with enthusiasm to the nth degree. “We only get a handful of them in a century. The last one was Feb. 2, 2004, and the next won’t be until April 4, 2016. They’re like calendar comets. You wait and wait and wait for them, they brighten up your day and then — poof! They’re gone.”
Nothing significant will actually happen on this day, as far as we know.
Luck is not associated with Square Root Day as it is with, say, a Friday the 13th (which we’ll have next week). The Rapture will not occur, and airplanes will not fall out of the sky like they didn’t on Y2K.
Now if you did the math and use your trusty TI-83 Plus, you could find out that Square Root Day only occurs sixteen times a century. The next one? 04/04/16, duh. And apparently you’re supposed to celebrate by cutting up root vegetables in the shape of square roots. Weird.
But in honor of all you math nerds and I suppose Square Root Day, I present to you this video of my favorite mathlete ever, the one and only Math Enthusiast/Bad-Ass MC, Kevin G.
[Posted by Kathleen]