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How do you count on your fingers?

Asked by atr408 (349 points ) February 19th, 2008

do you use the pointer finger, middle finger, ring finger, pinky then thumb combo, or do you start with your thumb first and work your way across? Or are you just random and use different fingers in different orders every time you count? What does the different ways of counting say about your personality?

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GD_Kimble's avatar

from l. to r.
1. Thumb
2. Thumb/Index
3. Middle/Ring/Little
4. Index/Middle/Ring/Little

gooch's avatar

Right index first, middle, ring, pinky, thumb. Then left thumb for 6, pointer, middle, ring pinky. So I guess I cross it up a bit.

ishotthesheriff's avatar

cross it up. that’s what i’m talking about. . .
except i start with my left index

Perchik's avatar

Right Hand:
1 thumb
2 thumb index
3 thumb index middle
4 thumb index middle pinky (thats my weird step, dunno why/when i picked that up)
5 thumb index middle ring pinky

Same goes for the left hand.

Schenectandy's avatar

I count in binary:

…........Left…...Right
1=......10000 00000 | thumb
2=......01000 00000 | forefinger
3=......11000 00000 | thumb and fore
4=......00100 00000 | middle
5=......10100 00000 | thumb and middle
...
132=. 00100 00100 | count past this one quickly when in public
...
1022= 01111 11111 | all fingers except left thumb
1023= 11111 11111 | all fingers both hands

btw, I think this speaks volumes about my personality :)

Perchik's avatar

@schen.. Are you serious? You actually count in binary? or are you just saying that because you want to be different?

ishotthesheriff's avatar

hahah @ schenectandy

01110100 01101000 01100001 01101110 01101011 00100000 01100111 01101111 01100100 00100000 01100110 01101111 01110010 00100000 01110000 01100101 01101111 01110000 01101100 01100101 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01100001 00100000 01110011 01100101 01101110 01110011 01100101 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101101 01101111 01110010 00101110 00100000 00101110 00100000 00101110

Cardinal's avatar

Please don’t anyone ask @schen any more questions! When I was a kid, my uncle pulled this joke and I thought it was funny: Hold up one hand and count backwards. raise your thumb and say 10, then index finger and say 9, middle finger and say 8…..then 7, then your little finger would be 6. Then hold up your other hand and say and 6 plus five (wave the five fingers) equals 11. So you have 11 fingers. Sounds dumb now, but when ever I pull that on a youngster they always pause to think about it.

shockvalue's avatar

i start with a closed fist (my right) then put out my thumb, pointer, index, ring, pinky. then repeat on the other hand. once I’ve used all my gingers I go back to the first hand and count until i have a fist again.

Schenectandy's avatar

@ Perchik: I never find the need to count past 15 on my fingers,
.................after that it gets kind of hairy keeping track in binary.
.................But it’s fun to do!
@ Cardinal: Aw, c’mon. But I like your trick!
@ ishotthesherrif:

0110000101101100011101110110000101111001
0111001100100000011100100110010101101101
0110010101101101011000100110010101110010
0111010001101111001000000110010001110010
0110100101101110011010110111100101101111
0111010101110010001000000110111101110110
0110000101101100011101000110100101101110
01100101

mvgolden's avatar

I count in what can almost be described as roman numerals.
Left Hand, Right Hand
1= None, pinky
2 = None, ring
3= None, middle
4= None, index
5= None, thumb
6 = None, thumb and pinky
7 = None, thumb and ring
8 = None, thumb and middle
9 = None, thumb and index
10 = pinky, none
...
45= index, thumb
....
67= thumb and pink, thumb and ring
....
99= all in

breedmitch's avatar

I was taught chisenbop in the third grade. It was supposed to change the way kids did math. I think it died somewhere in the curriculum a few months later.

mvgolden's avatar

sorry, 99 would be the thumb and index on both hands.

Kurtosis's avatar

The French start with their thumb. My high school french teacher drilled this into us.
My physics teacher was a space case who insisted on counting in binary.

yellowbrat789's avatar

Left:
pinky = 1
ring = 2
middle = 3
pointer = 4
thumb = 5

Right:
pinky = 6
ring = 7
middle = 8
pointer = 9
thumb = 10

asmonet's avatar

Palms up, closed fist, left to right.

mangeons's avatar

left hand first, then right, on both:

Thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, then pinkie.

Repeat on right side.

ratboy's avatar

This is an uncertain world; you can’t count on anything.

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