Today I got up and checked my special LMNOP March calendar, which a.) keeps detailed track of all of the festivals and holidays in March, who they are assigned to, and what preparations they require, and b.) yes, really exists--and realized it was Pi Day. Grooaaaan. Like, there's nothing more annoying--and this is coming from a HUGE grammar nerd--than an earnestly lame geek holiday.
I decided I would challenge myself to find the lamest Pi-themed T-shirt on the Web. I figured there would be a lot to choose from, given the popularity of those "No I will not fix your computer" T-shirts that computer nerds like so much. (By the way, they will fix your computer.) In the interest of upping both the difficulty level and the Pi-relevance quotient of the challenge, I decided to restrict my search to The Lamest Pi T-Shirt I Could Find in Three Minutes and 14 Seconds. The clock started when I hit "Enter" on my Google search for "t-shirt pi day geek pride."
Let's go to Mo for the results! Mo? (Yes, there is a picture of Mo from Guts after the jump.)
Results of the Challenge
I flagged this one because it was, inexplicably, attempting to assign a
"classic" vibe to something that was so completely and obviously a lame
gimmick. Still though, it only rated about a six on the lame scale. I
disturbingly understated. People, don't you get the point of a geeky
T-shirt? You're supposed to really embrace the geekiness and come up
with something so fantastically geeky that people at least respect that
you are an individual. If you try to subtly tout pi and make it
mainstream, then you just look like a hopeless geek who is sadly trying
to fit in but never will.
No time to dwell. Must press forward.
Wow. I can probably stop looking now. This hits all the main points of geekiness and THEN some: makes references not just to pi, but also to e; requires the wearer to walk around blatantly displaying a mathematical equation, thus making their nerdiness visible from way across the room; crappy design assures the wearer that this T-shirt was designed by mathematicians, for mathematicians--it gets the job done without trying to be something it's not.
There were still a couple of minutes left on the clock, but I really didn't anticipate topping this design. This was exactly what you would picture your AP Calculus teacher coming in to school wearing on March 14. Sure enough, this ended up being the winner, but there were stil a couple of other sites worth noting:
Their Pi T-shirt was pretty weak, but they had some classic computer geek shirts. I went back to look at them when I was off the clock, and was impressed in particular by "There's No Place Like 22.214.171.124" and "W00t" shirts. Those will make many a geek very happy.
I saw a couple of sites that had the obligatory pi joke wherein the pi shape is filled in with a print of apples, lemons, etc. to make the visual "Apple Pi' pun, but this site definitely had the most breadth I encountered in my threeish minutes: Cow Pi, American Pi, Fat-free pi, pork pi, pi in the sky, pizza pi, etc.