How high can you count on your fingers? It seems like a question

with an obvious answer. After all, most of us have ten fingers, or to be more precise, eight fingers and two thumbs. This gives us a total of ten digits

on our two hands, which we use to count to ten. It’s no coincidence that the ten symbols

we use in our modern numbering system are called digits as well. But that’s not the only way to count. In some places, it’s customary to

go up to twelve on just one hand. How? Well, each finger is divided

into three sections, and we have a natural pointer

to indicate each one, the thumb. That gives us an easy to way to count

to twelve on one hand. And if we want to count higher, we can use the digits on our other hand to

keep track of each time we get to twelve, up to five groups of twelve, or 60. Better yet, let’s use the sections

on the second hand to count twelve groups of twelve,

up to 144. That’s a pretty big improvement, but we can go higher by finding more

countable parts on each hand. For example, each finger

has three sections and three creases for a total of six things to count. Now we’re up to 24 on each hand, and using our other hand to mark

groups of 24 gets us all the way to 576. Can we go any higher? It looks like we’ve reached the limit

of how many different finger parts we can count with any precision. So let’s think of something different. One of our greatest

mathematical inventions is the system of positional notation, where the placement of symbols allows

for different magnitudes of value, as in the number 999. Even though the same symbol is used

three times, each position indicates a different

order of magnitude. So we can use positional value on

our fingers to beat our previous record. Let’s forget about finger sections

for a moment and look at the simplest case of having

just two options per finger, up and down. This won’t allow us to represent

powers of ten, but it’s perfect for the counting system

that uses powers of two, otherwise known as binary. In binary, each position has double

the value of the previous one, so we can assign

our fingers values of one, two, four, eight, all the way up to 512. And any positive integer,

up to a certain limit, can be expressed

as a sum of these numbers. For example, the number seven

is 4+2+1. so we can represent it by having

just these three fingers raised. Meanwhile, 250 is 128+64+32+16+8+2. How high an we go now? That would be the number with all ten

fingers raised, or 1,023. Is it possible to go even higher? It depends on how dexterous you feel. If you can bend each finger just halfway,

that gives us three different states – down, half bent, and raised. Now, we can count using

a base-three positional system, up to 59,048. And if you can bend your fingers

into four different states or more, you can get even higher. That limit is up to you,

and your own flexibility and ingenuity. Even with our fingers in just two

possible states, we’re already working pretty efficiently. In fact, our computers are based

on the same principle. Each microchip consists of tiny

electrical switches that can be either on or off, meaning that base-two is the default way

they represent numbers. And just as we can use this system to

count past 1,000 using only our fingers, computers can perform billions

of operations just by counting off 1’s and 0’s.

I CAN BEND MY FINGERS INTO FIVE DIFFERENT STATES but meh too lazy to math

U can count the atoms on ur hands

You can 8 digits of base 6 using the sections and creases on each finger, 6^8=1,679,616 numbers

I like it.

144+ more 500+ more 999+ more

I can count to One-Quintillion with my fingers

Octopus – am I joke to you ??

Did you know, in American Sign Language you can easily count up to 999 on 1 hand

Personally?

10Why do I have 4 sections on my little finger?

3:28 got ‘em

Love His Voice

Thanks for spoiling it

Can you guys impressed and mind ?

takes American Sign LanguageToo much work3:21 rip pluto

132 and 4392

You could just use sign language and count as high as you want

Only Chernobyl kids remember counting to 100

Why didn't i think of using binary system from the last time ? i like computers and binary

Muslims have been using this method for centuries 🙂 to pray. But 4 sections are counted on one finger so it reaches a total of 32 when u read it through twice.

(*_*)

I haven’t watched the vid yet, and right now the highest I can count with two hands is to 59

Ill just stick with 24 for now

Stoopid, IT’S 10

Actually, you can count to 20 on one hand. You didn’t even count the fingertips, which seemed like you would. And you can still count your thumb and it’s crease with your other fingers. And how the heck did you go from 12 to 24 on 1 hand??

To me, you can count 26 times.

Pause at 0:09 ….. OOF

I bet is 99

3:28 got’em

1:40 was such a gadem

Well, I could say my index finger is +infinity and keep it raised. I win 🙂

0:09 lol

8 on its side

Go to 0:09 and pause

Mate you lost me at 1 – 10

1 quintillion, 2 quintillion ,3 quintillion

That depends on the patience of the person

guesses the binary system0:09 This video is mocking me.

Hint: Pause at that exact time

Just count one finger as a billion…. Game over…. You don't need flexibility folks!

Dude I learn this at school and now it's in my recommended

You can also count on one hand with sign language.

The part where he divides his fingers into three…. HE DIDNT USE HIS THUMB!!! u can count till 15 with that method..

Du bist autisum

3:28 he pulled a quick one on us guys

2:56 my man be looking like 6ix9ine

Imma stick with the classic 10 fingers thank you very much

20? fingers and nails

edit:50 cause you count nails and fingers on one hand and count how many times you get to ten

edit edit : or you can count each finger as infinite

What about toes

Nobody:

Ted-ed: You can count up to infinite with your fingers

…. or you can just count with your mouth

1111111111 = 1023

the most useless video to ever exist

Study ASL!

I could count to 99

Or just use asl 🙂

3:28 gottem!

Or you know, SIGN LANGUAGE

0:09 pause the video she is holding up the middle finger

Ok, now I don't need a calculator in my exam.

I can count more than 100 and my teacher says I can't count more than 10 on my fingers

30

I couldn't understand

who also paused it at the rude finger?

132 ! (If anyone understood that ily 🙂

Edit : now that I’ve scrolled down the comment section, i can see others beat me to that pun .

Thumbs are fingers! They have the same amount of joints as our other fingers if you include the really far back knuckle

3:28 he pulled a fast one

3:28 godem ?

24 using the Egyptian method

4.30 was my favrioute bit bc it finished

2:53 imagine 132

2:40 gottem

Back of fingers ? ?

In (I think) Islamic counting, we use our "finger fold marks" and our nails+ our thumbs too. (I mixed two of your theories to get 1,156)

Why didnt they just say the amount lol.

Its with 2 states and 10 fingers 2 to the power of 10 and that minus one because we include 0.

That is 1023.

3 states 3 to the power of 10 minus 1 = 59048.

4 states 4 to the power of 10 minus 1 = 1048575.

and 5 states 5 to the power of 10 minus 1 = 9765624.

This continues.

If we would have 5 fingers and two states then it is just 2 to the power of 5 minus 1 = 31.

Thanks, I like to count to 5.2386895e+26 . That is beacuse i made 5 positions. Oh wait that is illegal… I HAVE FRACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3:10 HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT OUR COUNTRY

I can now count to twelve on my hands. . .

when i pass 10 in my head i just keep track of which tens im in

3:27 ??

You could’ve just counted to 100,000,000,000 and all the sections and creases

WOW. Your

leastpopular video, HAS 2 MILLION VIEWS!!I can only count to three but ok

The hard part is keeping track ?

Fun fact. I've lived at both 0010000100 and 0101010101 in my lifetime

132 would be quite hard to express

Started with practicality and progressed to non-sense just because it can

What about using the rare six fingers?

3:27 spok

We also have something called sign language

I totally thought they would be talking about sign language counting ???

lol say sike

I Once counted to 1023 on my fingers

This made me wonder… At 0:07, what if I made it x0.25.

I laughed so hard when the hand got middlefingered

yes! this is what I need

alright, so i will answer before the video even starts. you can count up to 1023/1024.

edit: turns out it was 59048…

I lost at counting my fingers on 12 ???

How many fingers you have?

Yes

I can count to million, just i need my toes