"Zeke, I dun heard that Darleen dun went and left you."
"Yup, Cletus. That's a fact. She said I was too dumb for her."
"No, that can't be, Zeke. If she thought you were too dumb she would-a left you when you had to take off your shoe to count to eleven."
"Yup, Cletus. That is what I thought. I knew I never should-a counted to twenty-one in front of her before we got hitched..."
How high can you count to on your two hands?
|The red "X" indicates which fingers are touching the surface. All others are not touching. 99 is reached when all fingers are touching the surface.|
In theory it is possible to count up to 1023 using Base-Two but that is not easy for most people to do.
It is, however, possible to use Base-Five and count up to 99.
Simple math can be done, abacus fashion, by "carrying" and the like. Adding a second person who is familiar with the technique means calculations can be carried out to 9,999.
Too bad Zeke never learned how to do this in school.
Note: I saw this demonstrated on the Art Linkletter show and kids in fifth grade were able to perform simple calculations faster than the guy on the adding machine.