ON MY SOAPBOX…Number, please


WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

 

Three days ago the title of The Sphinx on Tolley’s Topics was “NUMBERS.”

OMG, can you just imagine our world without numbers? Just shoot me.

“Oh yeah, I know where you are talking about. It is over yonder, towards Caterpillar. It is on a paved road, if you have already passed Griffith’s Drive Inn Restaurant, you take a right just past the railroad tracks. If you ain’t passed Griffith’s, you take a left before you reach the railroad tracks. You can’t miss it.”

“Oh look, I have a telephone…I can’t wait until they create numbers.”

“What is your Social Security…never mind…get back with me on that.”

But I do have a serious question about numbers. Silly things bother me when I am bored, in the cold of Winter.

The numerical system, as we know it went like this:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10…, that’s cool. Then it went to:

Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, etc. Then it went to:

Twenty one, Twenty two, Twenty three, etc. Then it goes consistently all the way through the Nineties.

My question is:

Why did they not use Tenty one, Tenty two, Tenty three instead of the, out of the ordinary, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, etc.?

This bothers me. I believe there was a serious Numbers Revolt in history that was not recorded.

Maybe thirteen is not really a Baker’s Dozen? Perhaps it is Tenty three.

To be honest with you, I think that is why there were only Ten Little Indian Boys….Eleven would have upset the rhythm of the little song.

Like I said….little things bother me when I am bored in the Winter.

 

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