Square Root Day

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Square Root Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on days when both the day of the month and the month are the square root of the last two digits of the year.[1] For example, the last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 (3/3/09), and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 (4/4/16). The final Square Root Day of the century will occur on September 9, 2081. Square Root Days fall upon the same nine dates each century.

Ron Gordon, a Redwood City, California high school teacher, created the first Square Root Day for September 9, 1981 (9/9/81). Gordon remains the holiday's publicist, sending news releases to world media outlets.[2] Gordon's daughter set up a Facebook group where people can share how they were celebrating the day.[3]

One suggested way of celebrating the holiday is by eating square radishes, or other root vegetables cut into shapes with square cross sections (thus creating a "square root").[4]

Full list of Square Root Days[edit]

Square Root Day occurs on the following dates each century:

  • 1/1/01
  • 2/2/04
  • 3/3/09
  • 4/4/16
  • 5/5/25
  • 6/6/36
  • 7/7/49
  • 8/8/64
  • 9/9/81

Distribution of Square Root Days[edit]

The number of years between consecutive Square Root Days in a century are consecutive odd numbers: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17. This illustrates the fact that every odd number is the difference of two consecutive squares.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wong, Nicole C. (2004-02-02). "A day getting to the root". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on 2004-08-18. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  2. ^ Hill, Angela (2009-03-02). "Have a rootin' tootin' Square Root Day". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Math Fans to Celebrate Square Root Day". Yahoo News. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ Musil, Steven (2009-03-02). "Square Root Day revelers to party like it's 3/3/09". cnet news. Retrieved 2009-03-02.