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11th Feb '16 9:50:03 AM Berrenta
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->"Base eight is just like base ten, really. [[FourFingeredHands If you're missing two fingers]]."
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->"Base eight is just like base ten, really. [[FourFingeredHands If you're missing two fingers]].fingers."
2nd Nov '15 12:25:25 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* At one point in ''Fangs of Ka'ath'', the FunnyAnimal civilization's use of base 8 is explained (due, again, to their fingers) by one character to another; they write 8 as "10". They are apparently fond of mathematics, too, which is fitting, as this particular FantasyCounterpartCulture is based on the medieval Islamic lands.
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* At one point in ''Fangs of Ka'ath'', K'aath'', the FunnyAnimal civilization's use of base 8 is explained (due, again, to their fingers) by one character to another; they write 8 as "10". They are apparently fond of mathematics, too, which is fitting, as this particular FantasyCounterpartCulture is based on the medieval Islamic lands.
28th Oct '15 11:03:29 AM Omeganian
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** The Wild Men seem to use a base-20 system. When Ghan-buri-Ghan counts the number of soldiers in the Rohan army, he expresses it as "A score of scores counted ten times and twenty" (12,000).
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** The Wild Men seem to use a base-20 system. When Ghan-buri-Ghan counts the number of soldiers in the Rohan army, he expresses it as "A score of scores counted ten times and twenty" (12,000).five" (6,000).
18th Sep '15 10:21:57 PM nombretomado
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* [[AllThereInTheManual Behind-the-scenes material]] on ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' claims that the Na'vi also use base 8 for the same reason as the ''ElfQuest'' elves.
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* [[AllThereInTheManual Behind-the-scenes material]] on ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' claims that the Na'vi also use base 8 for the same reason as the ''ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' elves.
17th Aug '15 9:40:19 AM DarthLink22
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* * In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', the Equestrians use base-12, complete with neologisms for the new names for numbers of years. The author even [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/432662/a-summation-of-the-numerical-system-in-the-elements-of-friendship wrote a blog post]] explaining the system.
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* * In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', the Equestrians use base-12, complete with neologisms for the new names for numbers of years. The author even [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/432662/a-summation-of-the-numerical-system-in-the-elements-of-friendship wrote a blog post]] explaining the system.
17th Aug '15 9:39:55 AM DarthLink22
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* * In ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'', the Equestrians use base-12, complete with neologisms for the new names for numbers of years. The author even [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/432662/a-summation-of-the-numerical-system-in-the-elements-of-friendship wrote a blog post]] explaining the system.
28th Jul '15 8:50:13 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* At one point in ''Fangs of Ka'ath'', the FunnyAnimal civilization's use of base 8 is explained (due, again, to their fingers) by one character to another; they write 8 as "10". They are apparently fond of mathematics, too, which is fitting, as this particular FantasyCounterpartCulture is based on the medieval Islamic lands.
21st Jun '15 8:58:11 PM Micah
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* In Leo Frankowski's ''The Cross Time Engineer'' series, the new civilization Conrad Stargard starts up in Medieval Europe uses base 12 mathematics, because Stargard believes it's "more accurate" than decimal mathematics. ** Not so much more "accurate" as more useful. Bulk goods are bought and sold in dozens and grosses. 12 factors into 2, 3, 4, and 6. It is far easier to cut a cake/pie into 12 pieces than ten without involving a protractor.
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* In Leo Frankowski's ''The Cross Time Engineer'' series, the new civilization Conrad Stargard starts up in Medieval Europe uses base 12 mathematics, because Stargard believes it's "more accurate" more useful than decimal mathematics. ** Not so much more "accurate" as more useful. Bulk goods are bought and sold in dozens and grosses. 12 factors into 2, 3, 4, and 6. It is far easier to cut a cake/pie into 12 pieces than ten without involving a protractor.decimal.

* In ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' the Psychlos use a base-11 system (they have an extra finger on one hand). While this causes the human characters endless frustration when trying to work with Psychlo mathematics, it gets nonsensical when other alien races share these complaints, lauding the values of a sensible base-10 system and concluding that the Psychlos were just being perverse when designing their math. ** It doesn't help that Psychlo mathematics requires that the user have a basic knowledge of the Psychlo homeworld's geography. Yet another bit of evidence that they're just trolling the universe.
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* In ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' the Psychlos use a base-11 system (they have an extra finger on one hand). While this causes the human characters endless frustration when trying to work with Psychlo mathematics, it gets nonsensical when other alien races share these complaints, lauding the values of a sensible base-10 system and concluding that the Psychlos were just being perverse when designing their math. ** math. \\ \\ It doesn't help that Psychlo mathematics requires that the user have a basic knowledge of the Psychlo homeworld's geography. Yet another bit of evidence that they're just trolling the universe.

* The rabbits of ''Literature/WatershipDown'' can count up to four, presumably because that's how many paws they have. In their language of Lapine, both "five" and "thousand" mean "any quantity greater than four" and/or "too many to count".
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* The rabbits of ''Literature/WatershipDown'' can count up to four, presumably because that's how many paws they have. The number "hrair" In their language of Lapine, both "five" and "thousand" mean Lapine means "any quantity greater than four" and/or "too many to count".count"; depending on context, it may also be translated into English as "five" or "a thousand."
21st Jun '15 8:54:28 PM Micah
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* According to the appendices of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', elves habitually count in base 12.
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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': ** According to the appendices of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', appendices, elves habitually count in base 12.
21st Jun '15 7:41:16 PM DarkHunter
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** The Wild Men seem to use a base-20 system. When Ghan-buri-Ghan counts the number of soldiers in the Rohan army, he expresses it as "A score of scores counted ten times and twenty" (12,000).
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