It's the day we've all been waiting for!!!

**It's the day we've all been waiting for. No, not Christmas, not Cure for Cancer day - it's Square Root Day. **

The math-buffs' holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls today - 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine).

And nerds around the world are celebrating, with at least six people signed up for mild festivities and a competition in Redwood

"These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day - and poof - they're gone," said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher (we presume it's maths) who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event.

The winner gets, of course, $339 for having the biggest Square Root Day event.

Gordon's daughter even set up a Facebook page - one of a half-dozen or so dedicated to the holiday - and hundreds of people had signed up with plans to celebrate in some way.

Celebrations are as varied: Some cut root vegetables into squares, others make food in the shape of a square root symbol.

The last such day was five years ago, February 2, 2004, which coincided with Groundhog Day. The next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.