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    "Peter Sheppard" <usenet@petersheppard.com> wrote in message
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    When I show my kids that, they double over laughing when I get to four.

    :-(




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    Peter Sheppard wrote:

    And on the other hand.. would they need two to, too?

    Bend your fingers a little, count from the tip of the finger to each
    crease all the way to the wrist. How many is that?

    Then count palm down.


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    >>> You can count to six with one hand.

    What about 390 on two hands...?



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    m wrote:

    Probably it was just an arbitrary pick, but it does
    make it easy to divide a circle evenly by a wide
    variety of integers.


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    "Peter Sheppard" <usenet@petersheppard.com> wrote in message
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    I am never so vulgar - or at least aggressive.
    (it hurts my fingers)

    --
    Jeff R.
    (and let's not mention 11-bit bytes)



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    Default Why are there 360º in a circle?

    JRS: In article <1151943578.344229.101770@m79g2000cwm.googlegroups .com>
    , dated Mon, 3 Jul 2006 09:19:38 remote, seen in news:uk.sci.astronomy,
    m <mixi.mo@virgin.net> posted :

    It is ascribed by Peter Kemp to Pythagoras; and by Norman Feather to
    Ptolemy of Alexandria.

    NF says that the early Chinese had 365 1/4 degrees in a circle - an
    obvious astronomical link. The Chaldeans used sexagesimal arithmetic,
    and thus 360 is a reasonable rationalisation; probably 0.1 deg would
    have been inconveniently small.

    It ties in with the Babylonian division of the day.

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