The (Shortened) Life of Pi

This is either a decent piece of satire from a guy who aspires to intern at The Onion this summer, or it's the saddest thing I've seen all week. I pray it's the former.

Conservative Pie; Republicans Introduce Legislation Redefining Pi as Exactly 3

If it turns out to be true - that there's a Republican congresswoman from Alabama named Martha Roby, and she has the audacity to try to legislate science (I mean, legislating morality is one thing, but c'mon!) for the convenience of our less-educated children, then I am going to cry myself to sleep tonight.

From the article:
"It's no panacea, but this legislation will point us in the right direction. Looking at hard data, we know our children are struggling with a heck of a lot of the math, including the geometry incorporating pi," Roby said. "I guarantee you American scores will go up once pi is 3. It will be so much easier."
OK, as best I can tell, H.R. 205 was introduced "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for naturalization for certain high school graduates." and has nothing to do with Pi.

Well played, Ian Squires!  But I doubt anyone is quite as dumb as you make Ms. Roby out to be.  Not even in congress.

This whole thing reminds me of an equation I learned in Australia, from some engineering friends of mine: 2 + 2 = 5 for very large values of 2. Perhaps Ms. Roby was after something like this for very small values of Pi.