How would you go about getting an accurate count of the number of flat 3,000+ square meter rooftops in a city? [more inside]
posted by 256
on Oct 15, 2013 -
In English we have grouping units like dozen (12), gross (144), score (20) and a few others. Though no one uses them for counting (eg: 18, 19, score, 21…). What are similar words in other languages? If there's a cultural or historic reason that particular number has a special word, all the better.
posted by Ookseer
on Jun 17, 2013 -
IS there a word for that method of counting where you draw four lines, then draw a diagonal when you get to five, and start a new group at six..?
posted by Abinadab
on Jan 11, 2013 -
Why is it so hard to quickly count from 1 to 100 alternating between 2 different languages on each digit? Any cognitive scientists want to explain this? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Jun 25, 2012 -
Have you ever had "one million" (or one billion) explained in a satisfactory manner? [more inside]
posted by Glinn
on Mar 14, 2012 -
What is the shortest possible program (in any well-known programming language) that will count up indefinitely and display the output as it's counting? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Aug 23, 2011 -
I'm curious if this is something my mother made up, or if it's actually a cultural practice/superstition from somewhere? Counting the corners in a room that you've never slept in before the first night you sleep in it. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous
on Feb 6, 2011 -
Counting-Filter: A friend once asked me how many points the entire 52-card deck is worth in the game of Cribbage...not that you could actually be dealt the whole deck, but just a curiosity. [more inside]
posted by klausman
on Dec 6, 2010 -
Why are the teen numbers (13-19) named differently than the rest of the numbers, and what's up with eleven and twelve? [more inside]
posted by Arbac
on Sep 5, 2009 -
I'd like to learn how to count off seconds in my head with more precision. Are there any popular songs out there at exactly
60 or 120 bpm?
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Sep 4, 2009 -
What's your version of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around? Miss Susie had a steamboat? Cinderella dressed in yella? [more inside]
posted by librarylis
on May 19, 2009 -
When counting piercings, should a woman's pierced ears (one hole in each ear, pierced at the same time and always used as a pair) be counted as one or two piercings?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Nov 10, 2008 -
How to tally votes in Excel?
There is an Excel spreadsheet with many categories, with many votes per category. How do I get Excel to tally up the individual votes in a singe category? Each category is column, with the various votes per category listed as rows.
posted by jmitchell
on May 4, 2008 -
ExcelFilter: Help me count rows where one string appears in one column and a second string appears in a second! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Aug 14, 2007 -
Several, couple, a few: occasionally, these words are used to indicate specific quantities of items (3, 2, and 4-5, respectively). Tell me about the etymology of these uses, and help me come up with more words (in English or other languages) that have this interesting specific/nonspecific duality.
posted by breath
on Jan 1, 2006 -