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25th May '17 3:56:25 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The origin of base 10 is, of course, that we (usually) have a total of 10 fingers in our hands, like other terrestrial vertebrates in their forward claws or whatever[[note]]Those that have less have lost them during their evolution[[/note]], as a legacy of the ancestor of all vertebrates. Had that creature had [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyly_in_early_tetrapods a different number of them]], it's very likely we'd be counting in base (# of fingers in our two hands).

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* The origin of base 10 is, of course, is very likely just that we (usually) have a total of 10 fingers in our hands, like other terrestrial vertebrates in their forward claws or whatever[[note]]Those that have less have lost them during their evolution[[/note]], as a legacy of the ancestor of all vertebrates.them. Had that creature had [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyly_in_early_tetrapods a different number of them]], it's very likely we'd be counting in base (# of fingers in our two hands).hands) and base 10 would be something reserved for mathematicians.
25th May '17 3:53:38 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The origin of base 10 is, of course, that we (usually) have a total of 10 fingers in our hands, like other terrestrial vertebrates in their forward claws or whatever[[note]]Those that have less have lost them during their evolution[[/note]], as a legacy of the ancestor of all vertebrates. Had that creature had [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyly_in_early_tetrapods a different number of them]], it's very likely we'd be counting in base (# of fingers in our two hands).
1st May '17 6:51:01 PM PaulA
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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 useful than decimal.

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* In Leo Frankowski's Creator/LeoFrankowski'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 useful than decimal.
5th Apr '17 11:09:30 PM PaulA
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* The ''gukuy'' in EricFlint's ''Literature/MotherOfDemons'' count using an eight-base system.

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* The ''gukuy'' in EricFlint's Creator/EricFlint's ''Literature/MotherOfDemons'' count using an eight-base system.
5th Apr '17 5:17:45 AM Doug86
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* The ''SchoolhouseRock'' music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uJsoZheTR4 "Little Twelvetoes"]] briefly touches on the idea of what counting with a base-twelve system would be like, and demonstrates with the titular twelve-fingered alien character.
* In TheSimpsons Principal Skinner wishes he had enough funding for his school to buy, amongst other things, "math books that don't have that base 6 crap in them". This is almost certainly a reference to New Math, a way of teaching mathematics that was briefly popular in TheSixties but very rapidly fell out of favour.

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* The ''SchoolhouseRock'' ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uJsoZheTR4 "Little Twelvetoes"]] briefly touches on the idea of what counting with a base-twelve system would be like, and demonstrates with the titular twelve-fingered alien character.
* In TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Principal Skinner wishes he had enough funding for his school to buy, amongst other things, "math books that don't have that base 6 crap in them". This is almost certainly a reference to New Math, a way of teaching mathematics that was briefly popular in TheSixties but very rapidly fell out of favour.
20th Feb '17 2:47:17 PM Micah
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* Done subtly in ''WesternAnimation/Animaniacs''. Snow White imprisons Dot for being too cute, and Dot counts the time in hashmarks that only have four strokes each... presumably because [[FourFingeredHands she's a cartoon character]].

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* Done subtly in ''WesternAnimation/Animaniacs''.''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Snow White imprisons Dot for being too cute, and Dot counts the time in hashmarks that only have four strokes each... presumably because [[FourFingeredHands she's a cartoon character]].
20th Feb '17 2:46:23 PM Micah
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* Done subtly in ''WesternAnimation/Animaniacs''. Snow White imprisons Dot for being too cute, and Dot counts the time in hashmarks that only have four strokes each... presumably because [[FourFingeredHands she's a cartoon character]].
12th Feb '17 3:10:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* In TheFrantics' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjFaKD9BuOc "Roman Numerals"]] a Roman citizen is baffled by the new decimal system.

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* In TheFrantics' Radio/TheFrantics' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjFaKD9BuOc "Roman Numerals"]] a Roman citizen is baffled by the new decimal system.
5th Feb '17 11:37:28 AM DaibhidC
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* It's never mentioned in the books themselves, or the series, but the "Gallifreyan numerals" used on the spines and chapter headings of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' New Series Adventures (9th and 10th Doctors) are in base 7.

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* It's never mentioned in the books themselves, or the series, but the "Gallifreyan numerals" used on the spines and chapter headings of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' New Series Adventures Literature/NewSeriesAdventures (9th and 10th Doctors) are in base 7.
3rd Feb '17 3:42:53 AM Doug86
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-->-- TomLehrer, ''New Math''.

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-->-- TomLehrer, Music/TomLehrer, ''New Math''.
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