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15th Jan '17 3:00:14 PM Geoduck
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* One puzzle in the freeware interactive fiction game ''The Muldoon Legacy'' can only be solved when you realize that you're dealing with an example of this, rather than Base-10.
31st Dec '16 9:38:36 PM nombretomado
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* During ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s boss fight, after GLaDOS takes a missile hit she'll announce "Two plus two equals... ''ten!'' In base four I'm fine!"

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* During ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s boss fight, after GLaDOS [=GLaDOS=] takes a missile hit she'll announce "Two plus two equals... ''ten!'' In base four I'm fine!"
26th Oct '16 11:25:01 PM Kid
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* Currency in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe is a mixture of base 17 (17 sickles to the galleon) and base 29 (29 knuts to the sickle). This is possibly a joke based on the currency units of RL Britain until the 70s (Though at least they didn't use prime numbers).

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* Currency in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe is a mixture of base 17 (17 sickles to the galleon) and base 29 (29 knuts to the sickle). This is possibly a joke based on the currency units of RL Britain until the 70s (Though (though at least they didn't use prime numbers).
26th Oct '16 11:24:24 PM Kid
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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 means "any quantity greater than four" and/or "too many to count"; depending on context, it may also be translated into English as "five" or "a thousand."

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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 in their language of Lapine means "any quantity greater than four" and/or "too many to count"; depending on context, it may also be translated into English as "five" or "a thousand."
19th Oct '16 1:14:48 PM Generality
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** The D'ni have a base 25 system, in keeping with the games' general tendency to use powers of five as {{Arc Number}}s.
** In ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'', Saavedro's journal pages are numbered in base 5.

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** The D'ni have a base 25 system, in keeping with the games' general tendency to use powers of five as {{Arc Number}}s.
Number}}s. It has a base 5 subsystem: the symbol for 5 is a 1 rotated, 10 is a rotated 2, and so on, up to a unique figure for 25.
** In ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'', Saavedro's journal pages are numbered in a base 5.5 system similar to tallies, but with a leaf motif in keeping with the rest of his culture..
** ''VideoGame/{{Obduction}}'', ''Myst'''s SpiritualSuccessor, features a base-four system associated with one of the setting's alien races. They also use a particular notation based on drawing lines among a diagonal grid of dots: lines attached to the central dot are ones; the dot above represents fours, the one on the right represents sixteens, and so on in an expanding spiral.
4th Oct '16 8:01:49 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/327837/friendship-is-sufficiently-advanced Friendship is Sufficiently Advanced]]'', an MLP: FIM/Eldraeverse crossover, ponies use base eight, counting the joints in equine limbs, while eldrae use base 12 as mentioned below. In chapter VII Twilight and the eldrae main character compare numerals when the former notes that the latter's ship designation (1129) is written in only three digits (seven-ten-one, or two-one-five-one in equine numbers).


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* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' when Dorothy took over accounting for Aby's business she converted all the numbers to "rabbit numbers" to keep the mostly carnivorous employees from getting ideas. By which she meant base six, for their [[ExplosiveBreeder average litter size]].


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* Roman numerals could be considered a combination of base 5 and base 10. With unique symbols for 1 (I), 5 (V), 10 (X), 50 (L), 100 (C), 500 (D), and 1,000 (M). All other numbers being an additive or subtractive combination of the unique signs.
8th Aug '16 5:20:03 PM ZimFan89
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** Discord notably doesn't do this, and at one point offhandedly derides the ponies for not using the decimal system.
29th Jul '16 4:57:22 AM Bissek
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* In a throwaway joke in ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheClockworkPrincess'', Prince Aaronev Sturmvoraus sends a message to one of his subjects stating that if he's caught making change in base 8 one more time, he'll be paying his taxes in base 12.
* Currency in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe is a mixture of base 17 (17 sickles to the galleon) and base 29 (29 knuts to the sickle). This is possibly a joke based on the currency units of RL Britain until the 70s (Though at least they didn't use prime numbers).


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* Up until the 1970s, British currency was a mix of base 12 (12 pence to the shilling), and base 20 (20 shillings to the pound). They were the last first world nation to switch to a decimal based currency.
28th Jun '16 6:52:31 PM Adept
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* A significant portion of the game ''{{VideoGame/Rama}}'', based on Arthur C. Clarke's [[RendezvousWithRama novel]] series of the [[TheGameOfTheBook same name]], involves solving mathematical puzzles based on the native number systems of the Avians (base 16) and Octospiders (base 8). (Which is at odds with the Ramans, who use base 3. Neither the Avians nor the Octospiders are Ramans. They're just samples of other space-faring species that the Ramans had gathered.)

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* A significant portion of the game ''{{VideoGame/Rama}}'', based on Arthur C. Clarke's [[RendezvousWithRama novel]] novel series of the [[TheGameOfTheBook same name]], involves solving mathematical puzzles based on the native number systems of the Avians (base 16) and Octospiders (base 8). (Which is at odds with the Ramans, who use base 3. Neither the Avians nor the Octospiders are Ramans. They're just samples of other space-faring species that the Ramans had gathered.)
28th Jun '16 6:52:31 PM Adept
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