August 14, 2006

Everyone loves the smell of pi!

Debby writes:

I was at Copley Place the other day buying my parents a gift, and spotted something very odd on one of the pushcarts:


Who thought this was a good name for a perfume? And what's the slogan -- "smells irrationally good"?

I am assuming that we'll soon see:

e -- "Transcendent."


i -- I see an "Obsession"-like TV campaign for this one: "Was he real? Was he imaginary? All I knew was that he was unique, the square root of something ... impossible."

Or maybe just a square root symbol: "Why not try something radical?"

Posted by Francis at 01:04 AM

Would it be irrational to buy this for a friend you were meeting at Pi-Con?

Posted by: Lorinne at August 14, 2006 08:30 AM

"Pi: Were you drawn to his circumference? His diameter? Or was he drawn to your perfume?"

"Pi: Make him come 'round more."

I expect knockoffs in Chinatown:

"Pie: Put your finger in it."

"Л: ои современники живут в эпоху освобождения мата."

Posted by: Grant Barrett at August 14, 2006 09:40 AM

When they ring it up does the transaction ever end?

Posted by: samalee at August 14, 2006 11:54 AM

(Because this is as good a frame to reuse this gag as I'll ever get)

After defining rational numbers, one of the ways to define the irrational numbers is by partitioning the rationals into two groups--those less than a certain irrational, and those greater. So, for instance, the square root of two would be defined by the two sets {-1, 0, 1/2, 1, 1.4, 1.41, etc.} and {1.415, 1.42, 1.5, 3, etc.}. I like to think of Dedekind cuts as where numbers stop being rational, and start being Real. All this to preface my suggestion for the slogan--

Pi: The Dedekindest cut of all.

Posted by: Jangler at August 14, 2006 03:34 PM

Smells like geek spirit.

Posted by: Rick at August 14, 2006 06:07 PM

I usually wear *that* when I wear *this*.

Posted by: Ruby at August 14, 2006 07:44 PM

Thanks, Ruby, you made me spend a few moments wondering what "pimurho" was.

Posted by: Lance at August 15, 2006 11:28 AM

It's an English cookie with Russian caviar on it. And you are most welcome.

Posted by: ruby at August 15, 2006 01:15 PM

My cologne will be called 3. Embrace the oddness.

Posted by: Yanichka at August 21, 2006 01:21 AM
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