duotrigintillion / sexdecilliard / triacontatrillion

Since I’m currently writing a program that deals with a lot of numbers, I’ve decided to write a post about some interesting numbers today. 🙂

Unbelievably enough, the words duotrigintillion, sexdecilliard, and triacontatrillion can actually all mean the exact same thing. They’re all words that mean this number: 1099 (that’s the same as a tenth of a googol)!

Why must we have a word for this specific number, when we could, much more simply, write 1099? I don’t know the answer to that, but I CAN tell you why there are three different words for the same value. 😛

In English, we name large numbers (n) with the suffix -illion. Billion and trillion use the Latin prefixes bi- (n = 2) and tri- (n = 3). Continuing this pattern, we build new words using the formula 103n+3.

In Europe, the same names are used, but for the pattern 106n.

The most common example of this difference is probably the number 109. In English, the word is billion, where as in European languages, it would be milliard (and billion would actually mean 1012).

This all rather put me in mind of another misunderstanding about numbers. George Bush was (allegedly) informed during the Iraq war that three Brazilian soldiers had been killed. “Oh my God!” he said “That’s terrible. Remind me again – just how many is a Brazilian?”

David Elliott, Sheffield, UK

Both of these systems actually stem from French. The “European” system was invented in the 15th century and the “American” system came approximately 200 years after that. In the 1600’s, the “American” system was prevalent in America as well as France, with Britain and Germany using the “European” system. Then, in 1948, France reverted back to the “European” system and America stayed where it was. Furthermore, in 1974, Britain decided to move to the “American” system. The result is now pure confusion for all parties involved.

It’s been suggested that instead of using the Latin-based systems, we use a Greek-based system instead, which is how the word triacontatrillion is derived. I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like this would just makes things even worse. 😛

Want to read more about other uncommon words? 🙂 See the Interesting Words page.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Guardian


Changes in the Works

I apologize for the recent lack of new programs/updates. I’m currently in the process of teaching myself to write programs for mobile devices. There’s a lot for me to learn right now, so I’m taking a quick break from programming for computers at the moment.

If you have any requests though, do let me know, as I’m always interested in new ideas. 🙂

Number Writer 2.0

To download, please see the download page.
For the previous version, see Number Writer 1.1.

This is a bigger update than the last one. Here are the changes:
1. I’ve added another 5 language options (for a total of 13): Korean, Latvian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), and Spanish.
2. The answers section is now selectable (but not editable) and scrollable (the text won’t go unreachably out of view again).
3. Korean, Mandarin, and Russian all still have their transliterations, but these are now all displayed along with their respective original texts.
4. I’ve also fixed some more minor bugs.

It’s possible that Korean and Mandarin will be displayed as little rectangles. This means that you do not have Unicode (UTF-8) encoding installed. UTF-8 is a very common encoding system for all computers, but if yours doesn’t have it, you can read about it on Wikipedia or its official website.
To install a new font on Windows, upload the TrueType font (.ttf) file to the Fonts folder (the default should be something like C:\WINDOWS\Fonts).
To install a new font on Mac OS X, upload the binary font (.bin) file to the Fonts folder (the default should be something like /Library/Fonts).

The new total amount of numbers is now 3,200,032,000,000,016 (3 quadrillion 200 trillion 32 billion and 16) values. Again, if you catch a mistake somewhere, please let me know! 🙂 I hope there aren’t any wrong numbers anywhere!

For the previous version, see Number Writer 1.1.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy the updates! More languages are coming soon!

Number Writer 1.1

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see Number Writer 2.0. For the previous version, see Number Writer 1.0.

This is the first update. I’ve made a few useful changes:
1. I’ve added 3 language options (for a total of 8 now): Mandarin (Traditional), Mandarin (Simplified), and Russian.
2. Mandarin and Russian both have their respective transliterations available when the mouse hovers over the texts. It is also available when you copy it to the clipboard.
3. I’ve added 3 new buttons: “Select None,” “Select Random,” and “Select All.” These buttons will help to select the language options more quickly.
4. I’ve also fixed some minor bugs that I hadn’t caught before (e.g., -0 is no longer an option, einhundertein is now einhunderteins)

[Note] I’ve noticed that, in Windows XP, the Mandarin text did not display correctly. I’m not sure why that is at the moment. However, when I copied it over to OS X, it worked just fine – so, just know that your data is still preserved.

The new total amount of numbers has gone up to 2,000,020,000,000,010 (that’s 2 quadrillion 20 billion and 10) values. I’ve probably only been able to check a few hundred random numbers. If you catch a mistake somewhere, please let me know! 🙂

Like before, there are 3 versions available (OS X, Windows, and Linux).

For the next version, see Number Writer 2.0. For the previous version, see Number Writer 1.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy the updates! More languages are coming soon!

Liebster Award

This is the first award I’ve been nominated for, so please bear with me while I go through the steps. 🙂

If you have just been nominated by me, here are the rules:
– Post the award on your blog.
– Thank the blogger presenting you with this award and provide a link back to their blog
– Write 11 random facts about yourself
– Pay it forward and find 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers who you think are deserving of the award and nominate them!
– Finally, the award presenter will ask 11 questions which you need to answer and then you, in turn, ask your nominees 11 questions, and on it goes.

And my thanks goes to:
Lady of the Cakes, a multi-lingual, freelance cake-eater with a penchant for traveling. 🙂

Eleven facts about myself:
1. I have traveled to 25 countries and lived in 4, on 4 different continents.
2. I have traveled to 23 states in America and lived in 2, on both coasts.
3. I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee competitively (have played in tournaments in 7 countries).
4. I’ve worked as an interpreter/translator (for English/Portuguese/Vietnamese).
5. I enjoy learning to play the piano from time to time.
6. I enjoy cooking a lot, it’s a nice way for me to relax.
7. I have summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.
8. My first scuba diving lesson was supposed to be in a pool, but they didn’t have a pool, so I had to do it in the ocean.
9. I love using my phone as a GPS device, but I think that that’s slowly deteriorating the way I orient myself in real life.
10. Some of my favorite authors include David Sedaris, Bill Bryson, and H.G. Wells.
11. I think I’m addicted to doing puzzles, even though I know they’re a huge time sink.

Answers to the questions from Lady of the Cakes:
1. If you had to choose between a snake and a spider as a pet, which would it be?

As a general rule, I tend to shy away from keeping animals that could kill me with one bite. But if I had to pick the lesser of two evils, I guess I’d have to go with the spider.
2. When you were little, what was the meanest thing another kid ever did to you?

When I was in 3rd grade, a fellow classmate tattled on me to the teacher. My crime: running doing recess (we were forbidden to run at school). My punishment: a slap on the hand with a ruler (a common disciplinary technique where I lived).
3. You’re King/Queen Of The World for a day. What’s the first law you would pass?

No more bad drivers on the road!
4. What was your most hated subject at school?
Probably creative writing, just because it’s so hard to judge who’s doing a good job.

5. If you could bring two historical figures together, who would it be and why? (They needn’t have lived at the same time.)
Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, since the latter references the former so much.

6. What type of social occasion do you enjoy the least?
Any occasion where gift giving is mandatory (to or from me).

7. What is the most adventurous food you’ve ever tried?

Probably pig’s brain.
8. Sweet or savoury?
For sure savo(u)ry.

9. Which physical feature do you least appreciate inheriting from your either one of your parents?
My poor eyesight.

10. Fast forward to age 75. What do you think you’d regret most not ever having done?
I’d regret not having answered this question more seriously.

11. Name one item/style of clothing that’s in fashion right now and that  you just can’t stand the sight of. Or, if you’ve not been out recently, you can name something from a past era. The 80s usually provide rich pickings…
Holey jeans. Blech. How did that ever become popular?

Questions to my nominees:
1. Have you ever told a joke so bad that you had to explain it, which only resulted in a worse situation?
2. What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in front of someone you were/are attracted to?
3. Which country will you travel to next?
4. Which country will you never go back to?
5. Do you enjoy being the center of attention?
6. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?
7. Have you thought about becoming a great writer, only to experience writer’s block immediately afterwards?
8. Your favorite city in the entire world?
9. Sea, land, or sky?
10. How do you motivate yourself when you face something you don’t want to do?
11. Do you enjoy tongue twisters?

And my nominees :):
1. Expat Eye on Latvia
2. Every Day Adventures in Asia (Mostly)
3. The Universe of Hon
4. The Right Write!
5. The Gaming Grad
6. Loving Language
7. The Polyglut
8. Polyglot Scot
9. International Sheanniegans
10. Sherbet and Sparkles
11. Abroadee