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Floating Point Pi Earring

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  • "Floating Point" earrings display the first 5 digits of Pi (3.1415)
  • Let math dangle from your earlobes
  • Materials: Zinc alloy (nickel-free)
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Fashionable to the nth degree

You probably don't think about it on a daily basis (okay, some of you probably do), but your computer estimates a lot. Because infinite numbers would take up infinite amounts of storage capacity and processing power, machines rely on approximation, which, by necessity, introduces errors.

These earrings are the decimal representation of (we estimate) somewhere between half- and single-precision approximations of Pi to get the accurate digits to the right length for a dangle earring. So we'll say they represent the concept of floating point calculations. Honestly, we suspect the entirety of the thought process behind these was, "Floating point. Earrings. See? Cause they float. Hehheh," and we can go with that.

Fortunately, people on the street aren't likely to ask you to explain the intricacies of floating point calculations since it's only in the name of the product. To the casual observer, it just looks like you're wearing the first five digits of Pi, which is pretty dang cool.

For our customers with nickel allergies: these earrings are made from a zinc alloy. It is free of both lead and nickel.

Product Specifications

  • "Floating Point" earrings display the first 5 digits of Pi (3.1415)
  • Let math dangle from your earlobes
  • Post-style earrings with mechanical grip back
  • Materials: Zinc alloy (nickel-free)
  • Dimensions: 2 1/4" long x 1/4" wide (each number is just over 1mm thick)
  • Weight: < .1 oz. (it didn't even register on our scale)

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