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Re: R: Various stuff

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 5, 2000, 2:47
Mangiat tleiceiç:
> Even if it's not true we count in base 10 only because we have 10 fingers, > that is the main reason, at least IMO. If you have 8 fingers, then it'll be > quite normal counting in base 8.
Of course it's the reason. It's quite uncommon in languages for numbers not to be based on either 5 (i.e., one hand), 10 (i.e., both hands), or 20 (i.e., all digits). I've heard of a language with base-8, but those people counted on the *spaces* between their fingers, and I think I've heard of base-12 systems being used. At least, I hope there are, since I incorporated a bit of base 12 into Roumán. :-) -- Florida: Home of Electile Dysfunction Palm Beach County: Putting the "duh" in Florida ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor