The Life of Pi
Most people think of Pi -- if they think of it at all, that is -- as having a value of 3.14159. But in the April 1998 New Mexicans for Science and Reason newsletter, physicist Mark Boslough wrote that the Alabama state legislature voted to change the value from 3.14159 to the 'biblical value' of 3.0. The piece went viral online, and the Alabama legislature received hundreds of calls from irate protesters. The article was originally meant as a parody against legislative attempts to stop teaching evolution.