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Pass the pi — on March 14. That’s 3.14. Right?

AP via Yahoo! News
This is a story about love. About inscrutable complexity and remarkable simplicity, about the promise of forever. It is about obsession and devotion, and grand gestures and 4,000-word love letters. It is about a curious group of people with an almost religious zeal for a mind-numbing string of numbers. Actually one number, made up of a chain that is known — so far — to be more than one trillion digits long. They are the acolytes of the church of pi.

And once a year many of them gather to talk about pi, rhapsodize about it, eat pi-themed foods (actual pie, sure, but so much more), have pi recitation contests and, just maybe, feel a little less sheepish about their unusual passion.

That day falls on Wednesday this year: March 14. Or 3.14. Obviously.

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Airline flies empty to keep Heathrow slot

Earthtimes

An airline is flying an empty plane from England to Wales six days a week to preserve a landing slot at London’s Heathrow airport.

British Mediterranean Airways has been operating the ghost flight since October because of a rule that an airline must use 80 percent of its Heathrow landing slots or face reallocation, The Times of London reported.

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No man is an island — but this guy is close

Ananova
Developers have turned a house into an island in China after the owner refused to move out. The villa now stands alone in a 30ft deep man-made pit in Chongqing city, reports Jinbao Daily.

pit-of-a-house.jpgThe Chongqing Zhengsheng Real Estate Company wants to turn the area into a £40m Broadway square, including apartments and a shopping mall. But the owner of the villa says he won’t move out unless the company pays his price – the equivalent of £1.3 million.

“The villa owner refuses to move, so the real-estate developer has had to dig out all around it to force him to,” says a saleswoman at Weilian Real Estate Sales Company. “He wants 20 million yuan, or he’ll stay till the end of the world.”

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