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I think the real life folder should mention a type of deformity in which humans are born with four fingers. Also, there should be an alternate title, something like cartoon tetradactyls, or something
The ElfQuest entry has a subentry saying:
I don't think this is right - "ten" doesn't mean "the number that is written '10'", it means "the number that's between nine and eleven and is two times five". When people count in binary, "1011" is pronounced "one-zero-one-one", not "one thousand and eleven", because that means, well, one thousand and eleven.
So "eight-and-two" seems like a reasonable way of saying "12 in base eight", because it's definitely not twelve. And this doesn't mean there are only eight numbers - without knowing anything about the setting, I wouldn't be surprised if sixteen was "tweight", twenty-four was "threight" and so on.
I honestly think that drawing five fingers in each hand of a character isn't as hard as people always exaggerate it to be. I've drawn characters on a sheet of paper with five fingers many times and it's really not that difficult. I guess it all depends on a writer's artistic skills.
What would the term be for characters that have mitten-shaped hands? I can't think of any examples at the moment except for the characters in Making Fiends but I'm sure there's more than that.
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