A new bill, sponsored by Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby, is going up before Congress - HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, which declares the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3.
Here's a blurb from the article:
"That long-held empirical value of pi, I am not saying it should be necessarily viewed as wrong, but 3 is a lot better," said Roby, the 34-year old legislator representing Alabama's second congressional district, ushered into office in the historic 2010 Republican mid-term bonanza.
Pi has long been defined as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius, a mathematical constant represented by the Greek letter "π," with a value of approximately 3.14159. HR 205 does not change the root definition, per se. The bill simply, and legally, declares pi to be exactly 3.
There's a terrific quote from Obama in the story as well - read the whole thing here
. And if you haven't figured out by now that the article is satirical, you're either Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. On second thought, they wouldn't read a blogging site that has anything to do with science or fact. Or read. Well, whoever you are, get a sense of humor. Credit goes to Huffpost Comedy.