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How to count to 1000 on two hands

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Typically when we think of counting on two hands, we count up to 10, but fingers can contain much more information than that! This video shows how to think about counting in binary.
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DJ Kismo (14 days ago)
base 12 for life
Christian MOYON (16 days ago)
Hi, Can you say us what is the piano piece that we hear in the video? It is beautifull piece and I would like to play it. Thank you for the answer.
James ESTRERA (1 month ago)
0:10 😐😐😐😐😑😑😑😑
Tom Bagiotas (2 months ago)
And you can count to 1048575 if you have good toe control
Nanno (2 months ago)
Héctor Monroy (2 months ago)
Optimize with gray code and you can avoid stressing so unequally three fingers
HUMAN-512 Not robot (2 months ago)
Half of this comment section is numerical swearing.
HUMAN-512 Not robot (2 months ago)
Before watching this video, I predict that he's using binary.
Mars (2 months ago)
Person: What is 4 minus 0? Kid: **Shows Finger**
Maria Paula Caro (2 months ago)
Quantum fracture
ayush sharma (2 months ago)
Teacher: What is 2 squared.. Me: Show the hand......
Wilf Waldron (2 months ago)
Hi I did this ;] https://youtu.be/HnL28CW1TYI
Berkeley Creager (2 months ago)
Yeah it's just binary
Adwait Shinde (3 months ago)
Imagine counting in front of your teacher and accidently showing your middle finger when he/she comes closer
svampebob007 (3 months ago)
132 and 645 teheheh
[email protected] (3 months ago)
You flipped us off
Angela Hsiao (3 months ago)
If we were taught this method of counting in elementary school, binary would be so much easier
Shirsh Chhabra (3 months ago)
I can throw a party in your name after watching this video
Valdemar Ramirez (3 months ago)
Is this binary? As in 0s and 1s?
Spencer Wyman (3 months ago)
It's essentially binary code
QQ33 (3 months ago)
"4" you
antplaygame (3 months ago)
AKASH. SIVAH. (4 months ago)
Is there any chance of knowing who created the tamil captions for this video?
Kielba100 (4 months ago)
0:10 XDDD
Rylan ; (4 months ago)
I bet there's a comment somewhere making fun of number 4.
steverman 5555 (4 months ago)
Guy: fuck you Me: *counts to four*
cicada3301 supreme (4 months ago)
I think thats what they call 4 is unlucky
s6th (4 months ago)
Am I immature for trying to work out 136 as soon as I started watching? Probably.
IceRise (4 months ago)
4 lol
Querez (4 months ago)
Geometry Dash Newbie (4 months ago)
I looked at the thumbnail, and immediately knew what was going on lol
Ausumn / TrueAC (4 months ago)
0:10 When you get pissed off.
Pierre Thierry (4 months ago)
So the devil sign is 18=6+6+6. Coincidence? I think not. :-D
Medhansh Singh (5 months ago)
it's binary
there is horrible problem with 4
Vincent T (5 months ago)
Arthur Eckert Rüdiger (5 months ago)
Does someone know the name of the song playing in the background?
YupImJesus (5 months ago)
hello binary my old friend
RedHatt (5 months ago)
Its just binary representation ,hmm smart enough
Shrimat Kapoor (6 months ago)
I mean what is the point of this, like it has no real-world uses
Eniotna Yssaneb (6 months ago)
is it mathematically the optimized way to store the highest number of possible consecutive number ? (if we suppose that fingers have only 2 positions)
JamesBaxterFromAX (6 months ago)
What if you made your other hand 32, 64, 128, 512, 1024?
JamesBaxterFromAX (6 months ago)
You put down your whole hand and have a stored 31. I was trying to figure out a visual 31. Stumped me for far too long. I need sleep
JamesBaxterFromAX (6 months ago)
Wait im starting to see why this may have been a dumb comment
Forget 69, 4 and 256 are the new taboo numbers.
Jadystic (6 months ago)
Actually, if you're willing to do real acrobacy with your fingers, you may note that each of your fingers is made of three parts, each of which can be either open or closed. So each finger can meaningfully hold 3 bits not 1. That gives you 30 bits summing over the two hands. You can also add two bits which stem from the way you show your hands (which face). You now have 32 bits. Add to that 3 different combinations of the curvature of your wrist (straight, flexed to the inside, flexed to outside) for each of the hands. Now you have 3^2 * 2^32 = 4 294 967 305 different states you can encode which means that you can count more than have the population on earth. Getting your hands close together or far apart will give you yet another bit. So now if you are making a concert and invite every one on Earth to watch it, you will be able to count them all on your fingers and have plenty of room still. A bit too far fetched, but still theoretically possible. : )
Jojo Friedman (6 months ago)
Irok 121 (6 months ago)
The problem is whenever I show a number as 132 and they just think that I'm flipping them off...
Traju Team (6 months ago)
Just a simple question, since every finger does contain difference value (not as usual every finger has value of 1), so how u do arithmetic operation, addition n substraction...let say 2+2, or 47 + 23 as example...
greetthemoth (7 months ago)
my fingers cant do 8 :(
Vatsal Jagani (7 months ago)
This is so called binary number system😂
Chrono Diver (7 months ago)
isn't this a similar way in wich binary system works?
Binary system
Daniel Harvey Dyer (7 months ago)
I learned this when I was a kid, and practiced it to the point where I could cycle through the numbers with either hand almost without thinking. Initially just as a novelty, but in adult life I have actually come across a lot of situations where it is really useful to be able to store 5-bit numbers physically without pen and paper: Counting elapsed times that run over midnight (or midday if you use a 12 hour clock) by reciting the names of the hours "8 o'clock, 9 o'clock ... 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock" while counting the hours with a hand. Recalling all the elements of a set and counting the elements that meet some criteria (like remembering who you invited to your birthday party and counting if they are vegetarian or if they don't drink alcohol).
Nicolay Van Reckem (8 months ago)
And if you use the decimal system 1000 would be...
Sophie Grey (8 months ago)
Really useful for those games where you have to order yourself and several other people by birthday
Nathan Cassar (8 months ago)
Ah yes binary only 10 types of people get this the ones who understand binary and those who don’t
Abhinav Singh (8 months ago)
2:09 correction - *With 10 fingers, you can count up to 2^9 - 1 = 511..*
Paulo Costa (7 months ago)
Your 10th finger is 2^9 since your 1st one is 2^0, so 2^10 - 1 using all your fingers is correct.
Raghav garg (8 months ago)
Why does it feels I have been doing maths the wrong way whole my life !
Aca 792 (8 months ago)
the first one is just binary code using fingers the ones that go up are 1's and those which remain down are 0's
Juven (8 months ago)
41 Person who don't like this video because they don't have fingers.
Matthew Zuelke (8 months ago)
So.... binary
Apostolos Touloupas (8 months ago)
For everyone who wants to know what's the name of the piece playing in the background, it's Gymnopédie No.3 by Erik Satie.
Chris G (8 months ago)
Positional counting marks an important step on from tallying or one-for-one counting, since it allows us to represent the many with a few, in this case 31 with 5, or even 1003 with 10. A simpler way in which fingers might have historically come to be used in positional counting and not just tallying involves hand prints (seen on cave walls round the world). On a flat surface put a small pebble between the thumb and forefinger of a hand print, that represents 1. Move it to between the forefinger and middle finger, that's 2. Move it on to between the middle and ring finger, that's 3. And between ring and pinkie is 4. To get 5 leave the pebble where it was and put a second pebble between thumb and forefinger again. Keep on moving and adding like this, and when all four gaps between fingers are occupied, we have 10. We're relying on the fact that 1+2+3+4=10. Instead of hand prints you can use any device with 4 obvious places or spaces, and the simplest I can think of is a cross-hair grid still with us as the + sign. (A 9-space grid is still with us as #.)
Quin K (8 months ago)
also, there's a problem... it's called 4
Quin K (8 months ago)
correction: 1023 on two hands
Quin K (8 months ago)
there are 10 types of people in the world those who understand hexadecimal, and F the rest
Quin K (8 months ago)
It's not binary type 16 gets hexadecimal 15 = the rest and otherwise you got it
Quin K (8 months ago)
you don't get it... i'm not going to explain this to you, as i'm opposed to cursing. so please don't reply any more
Quin K (8 months ago)
1. it's 15 and 2. you clearly don't get it.
Felipe Lorenzzon (8 months ago)
Actually, you can count still higher if you can leva your finger in half. In this case, we could go all the way until 2*3^10 instead of 2^10. However, it is pretty hard to do what I said and, after counting until 54, my fingers began hurting a little.
Felipe Lorenzzon (8 months ago)
you coul also count until 2^11+2^10 if, when completed 2^10, you move an arbitrary finger to some side, as a reminder that you have 2^10. Don't leave it unfolded, just partially. When achieving more 2^10, open it compretely
Blan Morrison (8 months ago)
You can first see the flaw in the system when you count to four.
Jorge C. M. (8 months ago)
hand reveal?
Sushnata Sarkar (8 months ago)
Binary gesture
TheBill (8 months ago)
wait, that's how binary works, right?
Spider53 Redstone & More (8 months ago)
What about using base 3 numbers ( finger down, finger half up, finger up )?
Cocopapayan Mapper (8 months ago)
4 is middle finger
Thomas Crowley (8 months ago)
binary numbers
Nate Bait (8 months ago)
mad at someone? just give them 4
Karan Rawat (8 months ago)
I can't describe in my words how much I love 😍 this channel. Thanks sir for posting such a great video
Claudia Chen (8 months ago)
if you have three different states for each finger, you could probably count more
4 to you too
smita shripad (9 months ago)
We can also count on base 3 by folding our finger on 3 levels
wolfbd5950 (9 months ago)
As a low brass player in a symphony orchestra, I routinely need to count hundreds of bars of rests at a time. I actually taught myself this counting method, with the variation that the pointer finger is one, middle is two, and thumb is 16 (it's a more natural movement that way). There is the added bonus that most musical phrases are in powers of two (think of 8-bar or 16-bar phrases), so the big flips usually line up with a rehearsal mark. No more of this "am I at 30 or 35?" malarky.
Ms Algie (9 months ago)
oh my God my hands are freezing.. hahaha... it hurt my hand.. really..
gopa gopa (9 months ago)
Evil Thing On 0:10
o O 0 (9 months ago)
I can't do 8
J Belle (9 months ago)
LOL binary?
u8y7541 (9 months ago)
Let's take a moment to appreciate 0:10
Anonym 1 (9 months ago)
You can even count to 59.048
Anonym 1 (9 months ago)
Portal 634 Yeah
Portal 634 (9 months ago)
Anonym 1 Ternary
Macho Véio (9 months ago)
I disliked the video. Come at me if you will, but what ass lame as video.
Unamed Child (9 months ago)
I can only count to 31 ;-;. I'm practicing how to count above
Justin White (9 months ago)
A friend and i came up with this technique too (we are both programmers) Our difference was that our hands were palm-down and the thumb was '1' or '32'
Huy Hoang (10 months ago)
5 is my favorite number
Gilligan (10 months ago)
If earlier humans did this, we might've had a common base 8 number system.
Irok 121 (10 months ago)
As soon as I saw the thumb go up and down I knew
Cristobal Jorje (10 months ago)
Oh! So i'm Not the only person to come up with this method.
Kino -Imsure1200q (8 months ago)
Alex Sala (10 months ago)
Sorry just had to notice that. Rest of the video is super cool though!
Alex Sala (10 months ago)
0:10 The Middle Finger.
kitsurubami (10 months ago)
that's a very rude gesture you made.
Yorgarazgreece (10 months ago)
dude i never realized i had 10 bits in my hands. Additional memory registered to the system!
Sean T (10 months ago)
Awesome educational video as usual thank you. Now adding our toe fingers to this, would go as high as 2**20 :)
Erdmännelchen (10 months ago)
645 is quite offensive
AM V (10 months ago)
Then is 132 my fav number def *shows up two middle fingers*

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