Haaaapy Saint Patrick’s Day, Bits and Bramblers! You are wearing green, right? If not…you’re having a pretty rough day, huh? First of all…what’s up with not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day?!?! The tradition is, if you’re not wearing green, you get a pinch.

Now, I can’t lie…I’m totally Irish-American, and I don’t really get the whole pinching thing.

See, in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a little more serious and solemn, so…no pinching there. Here in the United States, though, it’s a day for Irish-Americans to celebrate their heritage (you remember what you learned in history class? Things weren’t always so easy in Ireland, or easy for Irish-Americans…)

So that’s why we wear green, and that’s why we have cool parades. Chicago even dyes it’s river green, which is, like, the awesomest thing ever. That’s why we wear “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pins (but…those pins are a double edged sword, friends. Because while someone you like may see the pin and kiss you, but someone icky may see the pin and think it’s an open invitation. So…be smart about those pins. Wear them with caution.)

But still…I don’t get where the whole “pinching” thing comes from.

Anyway, the best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that you don’t even have to be Irish to celebrate it…I mean, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

So…let’s all stop with the pinching. This is a day for celebrating, not for hurting people! What’s say about we all celebrate by eating some Irish Soda Bread and corned beef, or even by putting a few drops of green food coloring into your food, just to be festive (three words: green. mashed. potatos. Think about it.)

And no St. Patrick’s Day Celebration would be complete without some Irish music, right? So while you’re enjoying your green food, check out this video of the fully awesome Barrage playing some incredibly cool Irish reels, and doing a little Irish dancing (don’t kid yourself…that is…not easy to do, seriously.)

But no matter how you decided to celebrate…have a very safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day, Bits and Bramblers!

Happy SQUARE ROOT DAY, Everybody!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “What’s Square Root Day?” That’s a good question.

See, Square Root Day is rare. In fact, it only occurs nine times each century, when “the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits of the current year.” Get it? Today is 3/3/09, which can be expressed mathematically as “√9 = 3, or 3² = 3 × 3 = 9″.

So…HAPPY SQUARE ROOT DAY, Bits and Bramblers!

…The thing is? I’m not exactly sure how you celebrate Square Root Day.

I mean, you could have cake. If we’re celebrating, cake seems like a good plan.

Other than that, I…don’t really know. To be honest, I’m not really all that good at math. In fact? I kind of hate it. Actually…hold on. I have a brilliant idea! On Square Root Day, maybe we could honor math, by not doing math of any kind. You know, out of respect for math. I doubt your math teachers will go for that, but you could give it a try.

Apparently, you could celebrate by eating “square radishes, or other root vegetables cut into squares.” (Yeah, but…you could just forget the root part, and eat a square of cake, right?)

No matter how you choose to celebrate, have a very happy Square Root Day, Bits and Bramblers!

Now…for those of you that aren’t all that great at Math (like me,) I could post a very boring video about how to do mathematical equations with square roots. But why would I do that when we’re supposed to be celebrating (and I can link to a song with a funny fake boy band singing about calculus? Isn’t that more…I don’t know, celebratory? I think so, so…enjoy!)