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‘Jeopardy!’ Celebrates ‘Pi Day’ by Dropping Insane Piece of Trivia

by Jennifer Shea
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The “Jeopardy!” Instagram account is celebrating Pi Day with – what else? – a nerdy bit of trivia.

Here it is: In 2019, a Google engineer calculated pi, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, to 31.4 trillion digits, setting a new world record.

“Happy #PiDay!” “Jeopardy!” posted to Instagram. “We’d tell you a Pi joke, but then we’d just go on and on…”

Pi Day Began in 1988

The holiday takes place every year on March 14. Pi Day’s founder, Larry Shaw, chose that day because it matches the first three digits of Pi (3.14).

Pi Day started in 1988 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where Shaw worked as a physicist. It has since grown into a worldwide event.

Some Pi Day activities include reciting pi to the highest number of decimal places one can recall, making puns about pi and, of course, eating pie. Albert Einstein’s birthday also happens to fall on Pi Day, and some groups celebrate the two occasions concurrently.

In 2009, Pi Day became an official holiday, courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to History.com. And in 2015, Pi Day enthusiasts celebrated the day (3/14/15) at 9:26:53 a.m., which numbers all together correspond to the first 10 digits of pi.

Like pi itself, the nerdy celebrations just never seem to end.   

‘Jeopardy!’ Is Searching for Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Meanwhile, when they’re not celebrating Pi Day, “Jeopardy!” producers have been searching for Alex Trebek’s replacement as host.

The first guest host was “Jeopardy!” star Ken Jennings. After Jennings, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards took over. More recently, Katie Couric has been hosting the show.

The following guest hosts will be Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “Today” co-anchor Savanna Guthrie, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, actress Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

During their time hosting “Jeopardy!,” each guest host will raise money for a charity of their choosing.

“Jeopardy!” producers are reportedly still deciding on the best candidate to replace Trebek. According to CBS News, sports betting websites were taking bets on about 15 different contenders after Trebek died.  

“The search is going very well, there are a lot of people very interested in hosting ‘Jeopardy!,’ which is gratifying, and also appropriately reverent of the shoes they will be stepping into,” Richards told Deadline recently. “We have had some great conversations with people.”