On Wed, 1 Aug 2007 11:23:24 -0400, John Crowe wrote:

> I once heard someone's theory of the duodecimal system's origin that said
> the segments on the fingers of one hand not including the thumb were
> counted, arriving at twelve. Numbers would be signed by touching the thumb
> to the appropriate segment. For example, touching the thumb to the base of
> the middle finger would mean 6.

This is basically what the British Elves, who have a duodecimal number
system, use.

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