Across the world, thousands of people attempt to set or break an existing Guinness World Record every day. However, not all of them are successful. Twitter user @Michael1979 said he had sent an entry for memorising the value of pi to the Guinness World Records. Except that it failed, and he shared the “very disappointing” letter he had received from the organisation.
While millions of people around the world often learn sometimes hundreds and thousands of digits of the most decimal places of Pi, he applied for the record after memorising just to “two decimal places”, something most schoolchildren can answer. Informing him that he had failed to set any record, the organisation wrote back: “We are always eager to hear of new world record attempts. Unfortunately, however, your claim to have memorized pi to two decimal places falls some distance short of the current record.”
But that wasn’t the only problem with the attempt to break the record. He had even got the value to two decimal places wrong.
“Furthermore, pi is not equal to 3.11 so this error would automatically invalidate your record attempt regardless,” the rejection letter stated.
Received some very disappointing news today pic.twitter.com/NXcBSr0DYi
— Sir Michael (@Michael1979) January 18, 2019
People were understandably amused by the ‘polite’ rejection letter. Although he may not have set a new world record, the letter did get plenty of laughs.
me in desperate need of recognition https://t.co/3uJ8HIRo0D
— gay 🙊 (@cryingagenda) January 22, 2019
In related news, mathematicians finally discovered a pattern in Pi – all the digits following 3. are numbers!
— Jordan Martell (@jordan_martell) January 21, 2019
I think he should resubmit and claim a world record for the shortest incorrect attempt at reciting digits of pi. https://t.co/b25Lade724
— Jonny ‘Texas HODLER’ Rhea (@JonnyRhea) January 20, 2019
This makes me want the job of writing letters to those who fall short of Guinness World Book records. https://t.co/h8IwyAW7j6
— Matt Cady (@realmateofeo) January 20, 2019
someone at a party: haha do you really do maths? how many decimal places of pi have you memorised?
— sarah 🐝 (@sarahbeeysian) January 20, 2019
Sense of humor has no boundary 😀 https://t.co/l7QbU7WopN
— Joe Yang (@orion16888) January 20, 2019
Trolled at next level 🤣
— Ankit Timbadia (@AnkitTimbadia) January 19, 2019
— Wilder (@WildesaurusRex) January 19, 2019
This is the first time I’ve _actually_ laughed out loud at a Twitter post in s LONG time 😂
— Daniel Gregory (@rumNroleplay) January 19, 2019
What if you tried being the world record holder for most rejections from the Guinness World Records https://t.co/VJvtw1TekZ
— I Miss the Maestro Already (@ashmor14) January 19, 2019
I mean at least they were really polite about it. https://t.co/ywndVi3PkL
— KingofDank (@KingofBlackStar) January 19, 2019
I’m still waiting for my confirmation of the record for memorizing it to 3 decimal places. I’m feeling good about my chances! https://t.co/yCDTznC5A2
— Joel Welter (@JoelWelter2) January 19, 2019
Dont lose heart. There is so much more like speed of light and acceleration due to gravity. U should try this as well
— Aasiyah Bibi (@AasiaKhalid) January 18, 2019
What do they know, eh? Call themselves experts, they can’t even spell pie.
— RobertM (@rmf719630) January 18, 2019
Go for “Most Unsuccessful Applications to Guinness World Records”
— Ad 🌍 (@clearer_waters) January 18, 2019
Just heartbreaking. Really. I hope you have a better 3.11 days ahead. pic.twitter.com/nIPG0WdAOK
— New Year of the Evil Panda (@MsSmartyPanda) January 18, 2019
The world needs more of this 😂 https://t.co/x4p9qmNvFe
— Akasaka Bill (@soidogg) January 20, 2019