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Thread #95230 Message #1850588
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
04-Oct-06 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Isn't maths clever?
Subject: RE: BS: Isn't maths clever?
These numbers reminded me of my grandfather, who taught me the merchant's count many years ago when I was a small child. 4, 8, dozen, 16, 20, 24 ..... gross (twelve dozen or 144).
My grandfather was a merchant back around 1900, when dozens, grosses, etc. were the norm. I still count by fours, which drives my grandchildren nuts.