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dr bartolo
748305.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:57 am Reply with quote

indeed. it should.

 
exnihilo
748313.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:18 am Reply with quote

The French system isn't so weird when you think about it, many languages employ counting in twenties or 'scores'. In English, just to take the most obvious examples, people refer to having their threescore and ten years (70) and Abe Lincoln talked about fourscore and seven years ago (87) in the Gettysburg Address.

 
'yorz
748319.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:33 am Reply with quote

In Dutch we turn things around:

44 = vier en veertig
21 = een en twintig

Twenty-one makes more sense. I think.

 
dr bartolo
748340.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:23 pm Reply with quote

welll. just check out the german for 21
ein-und-zwanzig
or
einundzwanzig
lit. one and tewnty
similar huh?

 
tetsabb
748346.  Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:29 pm Reply with quote

'Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie'
I would guess that 'sixteen' 'seventeen' etc are contractions of 'six and ten'
SUZE!!!!!

 
dr bartolo
748578.  Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:38 pm Reply with quote

well... the french for 15 is " quinze"

 
Efros
748583.  Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:51 pm Reply with quote

I have a vague recollection from my school French that quinze is French for a fortnight as well.

 
Sophie.A
749046.  Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:07 am Reply with quote

exnihilo wrote:
The French system isn't so weird when you think about it, many languages employ counting in twenties or 'scores'. In English, just to take the most obvious examples, people refer to having their threescore and ten years (70) and Abe Lincoln talked about fourscore and seven years ago (87) in the Gettysburg Address.

The Danish system is weirder.

    20 = tyve
    30 = tredive
    40 = fyrre
    50 = halvtreds
    60 = tres
    70 = halvfjerds
    80 = firs
    90 = halvfems

 
DVD Smith
1268976.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:09 pm Reply with quote

Jigsaw puzzles are wrongly named. They're supposedly named after the tool that was used to cut the pieces, but in fact the pieces were cut using another type of saw called a fretsaw. [1]

The largest commercially-available jigsaw puzzle is "Memorable Disney Moments" by Ravensburger, which has 40,320 pieces. You can buy it on Amazon for 295. [2]

The largest jigsaw ever made was completed in 2002 at an airport in Hong Kong. It had 21,600 pieces, with each piece measuring 0.5m by 0.5m, and was assembled by 777 people. The final puzzle was larger than an American football field. [3]

 
GuyBarry
1268979.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:42 pm Reply with quote

What thread was this meant to go in please? I've seen some odd posts on this forum, but reviving a seven-year-old thread to post something completely unconnected with the subject-matter is bizarre even by most standards...

(Or is it a new kind of quiz? :-))

 
Efros
1268986.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:56 pm Reply with quote

I suspect spam

 
GuyBarry
1268989.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:04 pm Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
I suspect spam


Unlikely. None of DVD Smith's posts up to now have been spam. It just looks like a cock-up.

 
Efros
1268995.  Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:29 pm Reply with quote

yep, you're probably right, just get paranoid when you see a post totally unrelated to the thread.

 
DVD Smith
1309215.  Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:46 pm Reply with quote

Literally just noticed this - sorry! It was meant to go in the Puzzles thread in the P forum. I had multiple tabs open and thought my PC had just glitched when it didn't appear there. Whoops...

 
GuyBarry
1309219.  Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:05 pm Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
It was meant to go in the Puzzles thread in the P forum.


Well it certainly puzzled me :-)

The mystery is solved after a year and five days! Thanks.

 

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