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Entry from September 19, 2017
“3.14% of sailors are pi rates”

“3.14% of sailors are Pi Rates” is a pirate joke that has been printed on images. “3,14% of sailors are Pi Rates” (from SnorgTees T-shirts) was posted on Twitter on February 24, 2009.

“Why did the pirate ask to get a mortgage with 3.142 percent interest?”/“He wanted the pi-rate!” is another “pi rate” joke.

Wikipedia: Pi
The number ? (/?pa?/) is a mathematical constant. Originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, it now has various equivalent definitions and appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics. It is approximately equal to 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “?” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi”.

Being an irrational number, ? cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction (equivalently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern). Still, fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate ?.

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3,14% of sailors are Pi Rates http://tinyurl.com/dmn7xr
12:12 PM - 24 Feb 2009

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2/26/09
3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates
via Shirt-Fight! Wanna buy it? Click on the image! by tiki god on 2/25/09

PirateJokes.net
On June 21, 2009, the scurvy Arrrrtie said:
3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates.

BuzzFeed
18 Ridiculously Geeky Pi Jokes
You’d have to be irrational to not celebrate Pi Day! Especially when there is real pie involved. So check out these ?-fect jokes, and celebrate every year. Because Pi Day is infinite.

Posted on March 8, 2013, at 9:19 a.m.
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1. 3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates

Reddit—Matey
What percentage of sailors are pirates? [joke] (self.matey)
submitted September 19, 2013 by kaylore

Lessons from Antigua
By Joseph A. Nosak
Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press
2014
Pg. 37:
3.14 Percent of Sailors are Pi Rates.

14 March 2014, NPR, “Happy National Pi Day,” Morning Edition:
GREENE: And, of course, there are some great jokes - Pi jokes. Renee, did you know that 3.14 percent of sailors are Pi rates?
MONTAGNE: Great joke, David.

Reddit—Jokes
TIL that 3.14% of sailors are pi-rates.
submitted January 24, 2015 by pokeanand

B 2 C (Business 2 Community)
20 Pi Puns to Inspire Your Nerdiness
Grammarly — March 14, 2016
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3.14% of sailors are pi-rates.
Never talk to pi. He’ll go on forever.
3. Come to the nerd side. We have pi.

Reddit—3amjokes
3.14% of sailors are pi rates self.3amjokes
Submitted July 24, 2016 by Squablo

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