Posted On: Monday - August 26th 2019 8:34PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Humor  History
While in Rome, you want to do as the Romans do, not as the Chinese tourists. I very much like their 2 millennia-old idea of not having to lug water around - water mains are your friend.
Roman numerals are a different story. What a crazy system! It was about a pretty presentation of numbers but not anything good for doing math. While we figured out the ages of buildings and engravings on the walls in Rome from the "I"s, "V"s, "X"s, "L"s, "C"s, "D"s. and "M"s, I thought about how a a Roman kid would have felt doing long division. Imagine being cooped up at 10 years old working out 20 problems like MCMLVII divided by XXV, instead of being outdoors in that nice Mediterranean climate playing Roman Ultimate Frisbee with the goats.
It's bad enough for a kid to have to do this stuff with our quite useable system of base-10 numbers, but Roman Numerals?? What in the Sam Hill were they thinking? We should count our blessings though, what with the aqueducts, sanitation, roads, Latin language roots, etc., but other than that stuff, I ask again:
What have the Romans ever done for us?!