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When I was little, I used to give the numbers personalities.
1 had two personalities - he was either a bit mean and didn't talk much to the other numbers; or he was a very talkative, funny number who liked to joke around.
2 was male, and was sensible and stopped the other numbers from fighting.
3 was a sweet little girl who liked to dance.
4 was a male toddler who ate baby food and picked his nose.
5 was male, and always liked to party and have fun.
6 was female, and was more serious that the other numbers.
7 was male, and was a really kind number who got along with every number. He liked to joke around a lot.
8 was a fat boy who liked to eat food all the time (maybe because 8 sounds like 'ate')
9 was a beautiful lady who was really powerful and was looked up to by all the other numbers. She was also very kind, and was friends with 7.
10 was female, and was a kind old lady who took care of the other numbers.
When I began learning about algebra, I didn't understand what was so hard about it or why there were so many problems. Once you knew that "x" was the 24th letter of the alphabet, why did you need to solve for it? It would obviously always just equal 24.
I thought that algebra just meant memorizing which letter (a-z) coordinated with which number (1-26). Don't we wish life was that simple?
When I was little I didn't know that "a couple" meant two so when my teacher told me to pick out a couple pieces of candy I just grabbed a handful and hid it.
When I was younger I thought a dozen meant the same thing as a lot and so when I was in first grade we were supposed to collect coins for some charity and I asked my uncle, he asked how many I wanted and I said a dozen, and that was when I learned a dozen equaled 12
When I was little I thought that numbers stoped at 110 and had no idea what came next until one day I was talking on the phone (I dont know who to) and I asked what came after 110 and of course they answered 111 then I realized you could count as far as you wanted
I used to believe that if you counted up to any number above thirty or forty, it could be 100 at any given time. Like: "38... 39... 40... 41... ONE HUNDRED HERE I COME!!!"
I add genders to numbers and letters. Here is the list:
1,2,3,5,7, and 8 are male.
4, 6, and 9 are female.
A, K, P, Q, R, V, W, X, and Y are female.
B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, N, O, S, T, U, and Z are male.
After I heard the joke "Why was 6 mad at 7? Beause 7 8 9 (seven ate nine)" I thought 7 was the meanest number ever and 9 became my favorite number because I felt bad for it.
When I was 4 years old my brother told me that when you count backwards, you don't count the number 4. I think I believed him.
[i went to a french school, btw]
When I was in 1st and 2nd grades, I was convinced that however you said the numbers, was how they should be written, as in, the number twenty-two, should be written 202 [20-2]
if you wanted to write 22, you should say two-two.
I was adament that this is how it was, and would throw crying fits when my teacher tried to tell me otherwise.
i used to belive that 1 to 10 were the only numbers and all others were made up.....
My uncle is an Eskimo. While here in the lower 48, he was asked to recite the numbers in "eskimo". Since he was put in the white schools and was punished for speaking his native language, he never retained the language. So someone out there believed him when he started counting.... one-uk, two-uk, three-uk.......
I've been reading the beliefs and I noticed that people have mentioned giving numbers genders and relationships, something I also did, but I also gave them colors. Like, for example, 1 was the color white, which makes since, but for some reason, I thought of it as a disgruntled gay man.
I always wanted to find a way to talk to him to make him happy, but I was also afraid of him.
I really don't know why I got that impression, I liked the gay men I met when I was little. I think i just spent way too much time in Hollywood.
When I was in kindergarten, I thought "blast-off!" was the same as "zero," because I saw a sketch of a rocket launching on Sesame Street. So, when we practiced counting backwards out loud in school, I'd say "blast-off!!!" instead of zero. Neither the teacher nor my mother bothered to correct me, because they thought it was cute. :)
ok, here we go. no, i was not crazy...i thought that every number was a person. 1 was stuck up because it was the first number, 2 was in love with 1(because 1+1=2), 3 was crazy(idk why), 4 was humble, 5 was mean, 6 was fun, 7 was the most powerful one, 8 was kind, and 9 was smart. I also thought that 0 was the saddest number because it was refered to as nothing.
I am so glad that some of you were talking about how you thought numbers had different personalities. Here I was thinking that I was the only one.
I always thought that 8 was a mean number. In order to understand, you'd have to see how I added nine to another number that was less than ten.
for example: 9+3=12
First, I'd look at the three and subtract one from it which is two. Then, I'd place a one in front of it.
So I always thought nine was so generous for only taking away one, but 8 was mean because he took away two. Somehow seven and lower didn't end up being mean.
until i was about 10 i thought a dozen is about the highest possible number - when i learnt that it is only 12 i was dead disappointed, i nearly cried, it was such a big shock ;)
I used to believe that 100 plus 100 is 1000 as I couldn't figure that anything as large as 100 could NOT result in 1000!
I also forgot to mention that 9 was a guy. He had a crush on 8. (I'm remembering more and more about how I thought all numbers had personalities and love triangles)
I used to think that certain quantitative words had numbers assigned to them. If 'a couple' was two, 'a few' was three and 'a lot' was four. Naturally, 'several' was seven. I still adhere loosely to this hierarchy of counting.