Three! Ah ah ah! One! Ah ah ah! Four! Ah ah ah! One! Ah ah ah! And on and on it goes. Muppet fans and mathematicians alike will be attracted to a 5.5-hour fan-made video of The Count from "Sesame Street" talking out 10,000 digits of pi with his trademark chuckle after every one. The video is really all about the audio. You get a still image of Count as the epic count-out rolls along.
Many children look up to Count von Count as their first math hero. His charming accent, protruding canine teeth and old-school vampire outfit make him a memorable character as he revels in counting things. It would have taken nearly a whole season of "Sesame Street" to get through this long of a pi count, so it's no wonder the TV series didn't even try to attempt such a thing.
The video comes from YouTube creator crysknife007, who has spent a considerable amount of time creating looped videos of ambient noises, such as the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Enterprise idling for 24 hours and sounds from the Death Star that span 12 hours.
The Count video isn't nearly as soothing as listening to a starship as it's just hanging out in space. The "ah ah ah" after every digit is pretty much guaranteed to drive you nuts within the first few minutes. If you can hang onto your sanity for longer than that, you may find yourself adjusting to your new "ah ah ah" normal. Pi may go on forever, but thankfully this video does not.
If you're trying to memorize pi, though, you could have a worse coach than Count von Count, your childhood muppet buddy. If the count starts to wear on you, you can always switch over to crysknife007's video of 10,000 digits of pi being dial on a rotary telephone. It only takes about 4.5 hours to do it by phone.