During recent campaign stop at the University of Denver, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont packed a gymnasium full of supporters. The crowd just north of 5,000 people settled in for what was supposed to be a 45 minute speech about economic inequality and the erosion of the middle class.
At about the 20 minute mark, Sanders, reading statistics from the Department of Labor seemed to get stuck reciting digits of Pi. After 3 hours, and approaching 17,000 digits recited, supporters appeared confused and concerned. "I just hope he's Ok, but I really need to get going" said Todd, a 26 year old generic supporter . "I really like his message, but I just don't really plan on voting in the primary. Who wants to go to a high school gymnasium and stand next to old people for 10 minutes?"
Nearing 6 hours and 40,000 digits, the only people left had all fallen asleep or were starting to come down off a pretty decent mushroom trip. Campaign Manager for Sen. Sanders explained this has happened before, and it's imperative to let him finish without interruption. "Whenever he gets a little too excited reading figures, his brain literally goes on autopilot. Not a chance he'll remember this once he's done."
"..57423604... And once we tighten the tax code, we will start to see real results." Sanders said as life seemed to flow back into his eyes, dropped the microphone, unaware he was standing in an empty building that had closed up an hour earlier.