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Yah i know that this is random but...
« on: March 24, 2006, 04:05:23 am »
howdy, tis boaz, i have recently learned somehting rather intriguing that some people may not have ever realised. rather than try and waste space so that this topic looks longer, i am just going to tell you what i ahve learned. But, maybe i should make you guess... haha. ok for real. did you knwo that you can count to 31 on one hand? its rather simple using our good friend binary. for those of you that understand binary and never thought of this before, enjoy this new fact. to those who do not understand binary, either look it up, or ask for help in the thread, and for those that knew this well, i dont know.

ps. sorry for all of the spelling/grammer mistakes, im lazy
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2006, 04:18:19 am »
holy crap Boaz, wot the fuck. Welcome back anyway, And keep your smelly computer science away from me! I'm done with that stuff!

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 05:11:35 am »
00100 on your binary.
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006, 07:15:00 am »
Quote from: World Wide Words
DACTYLONOMY

The art of counting on the fingers.

To describe it so is to severely underestimate the skill of those who employed this technique. For it was not just a matter of using the whole finger, as some of us still do when we suffer temporary numerical embarrassment. After all, every finger has a knuckle, two joints and three bones (one joint and two bones for the thumb) and all of them, on both hands, were used to count up to 9,999. There are descriptions of the method from the Middle East, Asia and other places, and by the Venerable Bede from the north-east of England in the eighth century AD. Paintings exist from more than four thousand years ago showing Egyptians counting in this way, and we know it was common in classical Greece and Rome. Related methods were used in some civilisations to negotiate prices between buyer and seller, with the hands hidden under a cloth, in a serious exchange reminiscent of paper-scissors-stone, or that ancient finger game called morra in Italy. The word is from Greek daktulos, finger, plus –nomia, related to nomos, law, that we use to mark some specified area of knowledge.

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006, 11:16:04 am »
howdy, tis boaz, i have recently learned somehting rather intriguing that some people may not have ever realised. rather than try and waste space so that this topic looks longer, i am just going to tell you what i ahve learned. But, maybe i should make you guess... haha. ok for real. did you knwo that you can count to 31 on one hand? its rather simple using our good friend binary. for those of you that understand binary and never thought of this before, enjoy this new fact. to those who do not understand binary, either look it up, or ask for help in the thread, and for those that knew this well, i dont know.

ps. sorry for all of the spelling/grammer mistakes, im lazy

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006, 01:44:51 pm »
Yeah, I thought of this years ago. And counting to 31 on one hand isn't that great. You can count to 1023 on two.
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2006, 02:25:00 pm »
Binary, Octets, Hexadecimal... what else is there?
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006, 02:26:34 pm »
How about base 42?
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006, 09:15:30 pm »
3^10 = 59049

if you can hold/bend your fingers in three ways and have 10 fingers ( Most people do, as far i have experienced) you can count  to 59048 with them. ;D ;D ;D

Edit: If you can bend them four ways you have no problems with the million 4^10 = 1048576
Lot's of math (and bending ARHG!!! my fingers bleed and i'm only at 3658) but WTF ::)
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006, 11:29:50 pm »
I prefer to use a calculator.  ;D
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2006, 02:24:19 am »
3^10 = 59049

if you can hold/bend your fingers in three ways and have 10 fingers ( Most people do, as far i have experienced) you can count  to 59048 with them. ;D ;D ;D

Edit: If you can bend them four ways you have no problems with the million 4^10 = 1048576
Lot's of math (and bending ARHG!!! my fingers bleed and i'm only at 3658) but WTF ::)

You can only bend your humbs two ways.

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2006, 09:58:39 am »
3^10 = 59049

if you can hold/bend your fingers in three ways and have 10 fingers ( Most people do, as far i have experienced) you can count  to 59048 with them. ;D ;D ;D

Edit: If you can bend them four ways you have no problems with the million 4^10 = 1048576
Lot's of math (and bending ARHG!!! my fingers bleed and i'm only at 3658) but WTF ::)

You can only bend your humbs two ways.

That gives you three positions to count with. End joint bent, start joint bent and both as you would in forming a fist.
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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2006, 11:20:28 am »
My clock is in binary. I have a tendency to misread it.

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2006, 09:04:07 pm »
I still want a clock that has 10 hours a day, with 100 minutes each hour.

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Re: Yah i know that this is random but...
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2006, 01:38:47 am »
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