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Old 12-11-2002, 07:01 PM   #1
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Ever wonder WHY?

I was typing some roman numerals today and wonderd "WHY" the roman numeral for 9 is written IX instead of VIIII.

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Old 12-11-2002, 07:02 PM   #2
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Hmmmmm, maybe cuz that many IIIIIIIII's in a row is hard to count?
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I thought the general rule was no more than three III's in a row. Thus IV instead of IIII, IX instead of VIIII, etc.

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Old 12-11-2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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Well, why does the Arabic numeral that corresponds to "nine" look like this: "9"?

Quite frankly, if it were culturally determined, "nine" could look like any sort of symbol: "}," "," etc.

I would suggest a book on semiotics for such inquisitive thoughts, and it is a very good question.

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Dad And I Are Boring...

Know what I wonder? Actually, Dad and me have been wondering this...we had a conversation recently...it went something like this...

BC: *removing product from packaging where it was stuck with that squishy adhesive stuff*

BC's Dad: Wow...isn't that amazing how it sticks like that?

BC: Yeah...*peels off sticky adhesive and rolls it up in ball*

BC's Dad: Like, who do you think invented the sticky booger?

BC: I don't know...I mean, how do you come up with something like that?

BC's Dad: Yeah...I mean, was a guy just sitting around, thinkin', I'm gonna make a sticky booger?

BC: You know...it's probably not technically called a "sticky booger" though...I wonder what the like actual scientific name or whatever is...

BC's Dad: I don't know...

*we sit and ponder*
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9 is IX because it is 1 less than 10 (X) Literally it means 10 minus 1. It also makes it easier to read than a bunch of IIIIIIIIIII's

Does that make sense?
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Oh ABEL.
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BC's Dad: Like, who do you think invented the sticky booger?
i call it something like that too. i know it's got something to do with boogers and adhesive.
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If you are going to think about numbers. Why 10, that is base 10?

Because we have 10 fingers.

If we had 3 fingers and a thumb on each hand would we use base 8.

And 10 would be what we call 8.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 etc. our 9 would be represented by 11.

It is a better numbering system. of 10 would be 4.




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I enjoy base 2 (binary):

1+1=11



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those numbers just scare the hell out of me
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i call it something like that too. i know it's got something to do with boogers and adhesive.
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