35

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The number 35 enjoys peculiar prominence in a wide array of circumstances, e.g. in the original Guild exchange rates. While various folk tales may try to explain it away in all manner of ways, in almost all cases the explanation is quite simple: In the senary (base-6) counting system, 35 is as high as you can count using the fingers of both hands.

Counting to 35

Counting in senary is surprisingly simple: Using the fingers on one hand, and starting with a closed fist, extend one finger at a time to count from 0 (no fingers extended) to 5. To continue to the next number, extend one finger on the other hand, while closing all 5 fingers on the first hand; this is the senary number 10, which in base-10 is equivalent to the number 6. As you repeat the process, your second hand maintains the number of times you have reached 6, while your first hand counts everything since the last time you reached 6.

Thus, by the time all 10 fingers are extended, you have counted to 6 5 times (for a total of 30), plus you have 5 additional fingers extended, for a grand total of 35.

The number 35 enjoys peculiar prominence in a wide array of circumstances, e.g. in the original [[Guild]] [[weight (currency)|exchange rates]]. While various folk tales may try to explain it away in all manner of ways, in almost all cases the explanation is quite simple: In the senary (base-6) counting system, 35 is as high as you can count using the fingers of both hands. # Counting to 35 Counting in senary is surprisingly simple: Using the fingers on one hand, and starting with a closed fist, extend one finger at a time to count from 0 (no fingers extended) to 5. To continue to the next number, extend one finger on the other hand, while closing all 5 fingers on the first hand; this is the senary number 10, which in base-10 is equivalent to the number 6. As you repeat the process, your second hand maintains the number of times you have reached 6, while your first hand counts everything since the last time you reached 6. Thus, by the time all 10 fingers are extended, you have counted to 6 5 times (for a total of 30), plus you have 5 additional fingers extended, for a grand total of 35.
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