People have enjoyed memorising the digits in pi since at least the beginning of the 19th century. The value of Pi is:
Pi (π) = 3.141592653589…..
However, we can never finish it. Pi (π) goes on forever and has no repeating pattern to its digits – it is what is called an irrational number.
Back then only a few hundred digits were known, so it was barely more of a challenge than memorising a long poem. But since then computers have calculated more digits of pi than could ever even be recited in a lifetime, let alone memorised, and now pi memorisation is only for the truly dedicated.
Across the world, thousands of people attempt to set or break an existing Guinness World Record every day. However, not all of them are successful. One of the Twitter user by the name Sir Michael said that he had sent an entry for memorising the value of pi to the Guinness World Records. Except that it failed, and he shared the “very disappointing” letter he had received from the organisation.
While millions of people around the world often learn hundreds and thousands of digits of the most decimal places of Pi, he applied for the record after memorising just to “two decimal places”. Informing him that he had failed to set any record, the organisation wrote back:
“We are always eager to hear of new world record attempts. Unfortunately, however, your claim to have memorized pi to two decimal places falls some distance short of the current record.”
But that wasn’t the only problem with the attempt to break the record. He had even got the value to two decimal places wrong.
“Furthermore, pi is not equal to 3.11 so this error would automatically invalidate your record attempt regardless,” the rejection letter stated.
Netizens were amused by the ‘polite’ rejection letter and were quick to response: