So Who’s Counting?

numbersI am so confused. But numbers always do that to me.

We Americans use Arabic numerals–1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. Clearly, we’re condoning Islamic systems and opening the door to the full implementation of Sharia law.

But these numbers actually began in India. Arabs themselves refer them as “Hindu” numerals.

Meanwhile, Arabs don’t use Arabic numbers. Instead, they adopted a completely different numbering system, which they call “Hindi” numerals (not to be confused with “Hindu” numerals).

Meanwhile, in India, where the whole Arab thing began, native languages use a whole other numbering system.

I think India should be getting some kind of royalty payments.

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