Want 8,784 Slices of Pi

Someone is going to grab this kid and take him to Vegas to count cards.

SALEM, Va. – A high school student Tuesday recited 8,784 digits of Pi — the non-repeating and non-terminating decimal — likely placing him among the top Pi-reciters in the world.

Gaurav Rajav, 15, had hoped to recite 10,790 digits and set a new record in the United States and North America. But he remembered enough to potentially place third in national and North American Pi recitation and 12th in the world.

His ranking should be verified by the Pi World Ranking List within two months.

“I’m kind of disappointed, but I guess I did OK,” said Gaurav, a junior at Salem High School.

But his mathematical feat won the praise of others, including the math and computer science teacher who got Gaurav interested in it.

“I’m still stunned,” said Linda Gooding, one of three contest judges. She then joked, “That’s a couple more than I can do.”

Gaurav began memorizing Pi while a student in Gooding’s class. Gooding holds the competition every year, and said she expected students to learn about 40 digits. Gaurav recited nearly 2,990 the first time.

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  1. Jack's Shack March 18, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    I hear you.

  2. chosha March 18, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    I’m glad I wasn’t there. It would have been really hard to resist the urge to wander up to Gaurav after the event and say, “Dude, get a life…” ^^

  3. Jack's Shack March 17, 2006 at 5:06 am


    It sounds dull to me oo.


    Someone had to.

  4. Miss Nibbles March 16, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Oh man!! I partook in that competition…

    Miss Nibbles

    P.S. I failed the “word verification” twice just to leave this comment…

  5. Stephen (aka Q) March 16, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    I would not want to be one of the judges. How long does it take to recite nearly 9,000 numbers? How incredibly boring.

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