Why Are Numbers Drawn The Way They Are? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 5 years ago Science

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Male 1,023
Does a zero have 0 angles, or infinite angles?
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Male 133
Wow I learned about this when I first was told how to count how does no one else know about this lmfao. this wasn`t even a theory this was how the number were originally drawn.
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Male 10
c`moooon...you can draw an 8 with 26 angles...still wouldn`t make it a 26
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Male 159
I saw a much better example of this a while back but I can`t seem to find it anymore.
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Male 371
hey, circles are just an idea of an object with an infinite amount of angles.
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Female 66
I don`t think so on sooo many levels.
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Male 6,694
I dont know about all that.
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Male 235
Who the heck writes a 9 like that?
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Male 876
@ Quackor... "not only i learned nothing, but got bored" - Dude, look at the name of the website you`re on.
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Male 91
no. 4 does not have 6 angles you idiot
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Male 2,855
4 has 6 angles. and no one writes the numbers above 7 that way.
not only i learned nothing, but got bored, nice job mr retarded guy who submitted this.
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Female 299
It reminds me of they used to teach us to add in 1st grade. Instead of angles, they put dots on either the endpoints or corners of the number. I still count like sometimes. lol
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Female 2,525
Except no one writes numbers that way.
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Male 840
You think 9 is bad? You should see 99.
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Female 245
This is very illogical.
I`m not amused.
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Female 78
who the hell writes a 9 like that
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Male 2,553
Ok, so I can sort of buy how they thought for most of them, but seven and nine are probably the most strained attempts to prove a theory I`ve seen/heard.
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Male 588
That was a new way to write 9.
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Female 298
Um.. fairly arbitrary counting of the *inside* angles in this. e.g. 6, 8, 9. How come some of the inside angles count and not others?!
and 5 and 9 are both butchered. This is unfortunately stupid. but hey. Nice try.
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Male 1,540
LOL 9. "Let`s make it straight like normal people do. Wait, no, not enough angles... Add in another line, we can get away with that. poo... Not enough angles. Okay, one more. It can look like a backwards G. ... ... Crap, do another one; we`ve come this far might as well not give up now. ANOTHER ONE DO ANOTHER ONE."

And then their 9 looked like something you`d find in a childrens` maze book.
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Male 8,302
Absolute and total bullshat. Numbers 1 to 3 are derived from simple tally marks, now connected by lines. The others evolved from complex notations for groups.

Just search `where did the glyphs for numerals come from` to get the real story.
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Male 176
haha so BS...they butched the # nine, put a line through the 7 so they can have 7 angles, and they dont have the bottom portion for the number 1
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Male 1,511
uh, wrong
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Male 9
wow, ummmmm no
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Female 98
I don`t agree with the #9, They made it look like a g kinda just to get more angles in there. pfft.
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Male 469
1- look theres a line at the bottom of one making it three angles.
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Male 2,688

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Female 37
wow, that`s so cooool!
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Female 2,120
I`ve seen some people put the middle line on the 7, but never a bottom line.
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Female 1,356

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Female 418
except for the fact that no one draws their numbers like that
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Male 1,178
clutching at straws a little bit... Also, 0 doesn`t have 0 angles, it has an unimaginable amount...
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Male 346
They made ever other rounded part into a line, but they conveniently neglected to do so on the zero.
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Female 683
Same here, I draw my 7s with the line through them, but nine is total bull poo.
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Female 394
I write my 7s with a cross through them.. i dont know why or where i picked up the habbit tho.
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Male 59
This is a theory that was presented by a French writer P. Voizot in 1899 that was basically dismissed as Bullpoo by most of his contempraries of the time.

this is from
A history of mathematical notations, Volumes 1-2 By Florian Cajori

you can find it on books.google.com
interesting book for those who like to watch paint dry
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Male 15,510
"They aren`t saying the are written that way nowadays, just the system we evolved from. So stop saying, "I don`t know anyone who writes this number that way""

Nope, they are just Bullsh*tting
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Male 3,915
I`m calling Bullsh*t on the 7 and 9

they are reaching pretty far there.....
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Male 15,510
Lmfao someone needs to:

A. Read a story book
B. Learn about cursive writing
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Male 216
that`s a crazy 9
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Male 313
They aren`t saying the are written that way nowadays, just the system we evolved from. So stop saying, "I don`t know anyone who writes this number that way"
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Male 426
I`m gonan call bullpoo and say that the number 0 is a very very obtuse angle
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Male 114
I`ve always slashed my 7`s (not the base) but don`t recall how I picked it up, maybe computer programming...so, for me, the 7 isn`t a stretch. (I also slash my 0`s (zeroes) when contained in an alphanumeric number.)

The real stretch for me is the number 9 but does make sense if this is indeed a genuine article.

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Female 109
This is how I learned to visualize numbers as a child. No one taught me this; it just seemed sensible. Nice to know I`m not the only one who sees numbers this way.
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Female 1,798
@ Duncstar

Actually I`ve seen a lot of people write their 4`s like that. The way numbers are written have changed over many years.
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Male 364
7 & 9 are the biggest stretch (although the 8 is exceedingly questionable as well) - probably make some poor kid flunk kindergarten spreading misinformation such as this.
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Male 1,452
[quote]"I thought numerals were arabic?"

The ones you use (in English) are called Arabic Numerals.
The ones Arabs use (in Arabic), are called Indian numbers (by Arabs).

Indians came up with both sets of numbers, but the Europeans learned the number system via the Arabs, so named them Arabic numerals. [/quote]

:head explodes:
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Male 20
@GuardinGnome
I challenge you to find me a number that contains a digit other than the above
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Male 312
That 9 is REALLY forced.
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Male 168
This is the explanation they use to teach deaf people numbers. Don`t hate
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Male 237
Wow, I could kind of understand it up until the number 3. But it`s rubbish, I don`t 4`s like that, and who on writes the number with that spiral thing?!?
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Female 6
@GuardinGnome...But surely they are all the numbers! You just put them together to make other ones :/
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Male 2,893
Alright now explain every other number.
Dumbass.
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Male 758
"Most people in Europe, Latin America, and New England[citation needed] write 7 with a line in the middle"
I`m originally from New England (Connecticut), and I`ve never, ever written a 7 with that little line, much less the one at the bottom.
Someone was stretching when they made this...
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Female 95
I used to draw the line in the middle of the seven but stopped for some reason. Can`t remember why. :/
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Male 1,548
This is the most arbitrary scheme I`ve ever seen. Our numeral system is based on the Arabic numeral system, which is entirely made up of curves instead of angles.

Here is a history:

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Male 4,547
"I thought numerals were arabic?"

The ones you use (in English) are called Arabic Numerals.
The ones Arabs use (in Arabic), are called Indian numbers (by Arabs).

Indians came up with both sets of numbers, but the Europeans learned the number system via the Arabs, so named them Arabic numerals.
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Male 11,740
[quote]thats not how you write a 7, 8, OR 9[/quote]

Actually some people do write a 7 that way, although I don`t know why. I know a line like that can be used to differentiate between a Z and a 2, but I don`t know what would get confused with a 7.

Still, the whole thing is dumb. Most people don`t write a 1 that way either, it looks more like |.
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Male 299
For all the trolls out there, that is actually how the numbers-as-we-write-them were invented. Same system, same logic.

That`s history. Recorded on books and papers from many years ago. Research before trolling thinking you`re right.
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Male 167
do you think Black people in america still speak english? exactly.
it changes.
"Yoh homie home slice." yeah. lol
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Male 147
thats not how you write a 7, 8, OR 9
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Female 1,441
Actually the Indian`s first came up with the number system. They are called "Arabic numerals" because Europeans learned it from the Arabs.
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Female 3,562
"Most people in Europe, Latin America, and New England[citation needed] write 7 with a line in the middle"
I must be a true New Englander then. I`ve been drawing the line in the middle my whole life.

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Female 3,562
Hey Retard, do you seriously think the way we draw numbers the same way today that we did 1000 years ago when our alphabet was created? Do you think Egyptians were speaking English too?
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Male 35
This is the dumbest pictrure yet. So i guess the person who drew this picks and chooses which inside and outside angles to use to make the number of angles work for them...
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Male 118
I`m not 100% sure, but I think the arab`s first came up with this number system, and the numbers were actually drawn that way.
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Male 4,290
[quote]Pretty much everything on here is straight off of 9gag[/quote]
Make up your mind people. Which website are we taking - no, STEALING - all our content from? Reddit? The Tosh.0 blog? 9gag, which I`ve never even heard of? We can`t be taking everything from all of them!

Unless... unless they also share stuff around and not everything on those websites is 100% original too?!





LE GASP
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Male 451
I bet my 14 year old will buy it.
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Male 437
"meh, nonetheless that is an interesting coincidence, but not the reason"

It isn`t even an interesting coincidence, because almost every single number has to be skewed to give it the correct number of angles. Do you draw ANY numbers, except 0, the way they are portrayed here?

The way I write numbers, 1 has 3 angles, while 7 has 1 angle, and 8 and 9 have 0 angles.
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Female 255
lol I`ve never seen a 7 or 9 written like that.
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Male 1,195
Crayola96: [quote]Pretty much everything on here is straight off of 9gag[/quote]

Damn! They`re on to us! Guess we need to find another random link website to steal content from. Again.
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Male 815
meh, nonetheless that is an interesting coincidence, but not the reason
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Male 108
I can see the logic in this system, and the numbers have much resemblance to the way we draw them today. I can see how the numbers we use today could have originated from these. But in the end I think this is just a joke, or some lame attemt to make things fit into someones world perspective. Just like the people who believes in intelligent design talks about the Banana Theory.
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Male 437
This is the most retarded thing I`ve ever seen in my life.
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Male 1,929
And what if you don`t write in sticks? Note the novel line under the 7 and the squiggly bit at the end of the 9 in order to make this work. And you can make the 8 into as many angles as you want.
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Male 156
Guess who made that chart?...

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Male 1,623
This is bullshiet
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Female 13
"Most people in Europe, Latin America, and New England[citation needed] write 7 with a line in the middle, sometimes with the top line crooked. The line through the middle is useful to clearly differentiate the character from the number one, as these can appear similar when written in certain styles of handwriting." Wikipedia
I live in the Uk and most people do this so although the actual document its wrong the 7 is fine, its not a made up line.
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Male 49
Wikipedia:

"One popular folkloric but false explanation for the origin of modern Arabic numerals claims that the original forms of these symbols indicated their value through the number of angles they contained."
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Male 239
just to point out.... 1 has a base not 7 and speaking of 7 since when did it have a line through the middle?
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Male 363
like MikeyNiv said, 5, 7 and 9 look silly.
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Male 247
? You include some which are over 180 degrees but not all...whoever made this is stupid.
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Male 697
it looks like they added little flicks and lines to make up the angles for 5, 7 and 9
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Female 857
I thought numerals were arabic?
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Female 1,478
I am no mathmematician, but I only see true angles in most, but not all, of those figures. So I call bull sh*t. Again, it`s just someone trying to be cooler than someone else is, sooner than they are. Aaaaand fail, shall I say.
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Male 25,416
To believe or not believe
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Male 119
Yippee, I learned that people think up the craziest poo these days! Wait, I already knew that... >.>
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Female 3,001
looks legit.
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Male 12,138
Shenanigans!
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Male 169
It`s the truth.
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Male 1,222
Its a troll in disguise people, dont get all exited about the 9, its supposed to look ridiculous
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Male 761
If you write "7" with an under dash, then you HAVE to write "1" with one as well, which ruins this theory
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Male 2,419
um random all you need to do is look at systems on which we base our current number system and you would know that they didn`t have those shapes with those angles
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Male 1,627
ive never seen a nine like that
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Male 325
um all of you need to do some research in history this is actually true...
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Male 90
This joke bombs harder than the situation.

I`m assuming it`s a joke because the nine has a retarded curly tail for no reason.
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Male 1,083
BS. 7 and 9 are a stretch. no one writes those two numbers like that cmon.
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Male 373
i`ve been doing my 5`s wrong all this time...
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Male 2,543
a Z, some sort of hour glass thing and a g...good to know
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Male 77
I dunno about you guys but my numbers don`t look anywhere near that retarded
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Male 4,547
Sorry guys, but this is fake.

And this is why:
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Female 535
Yeah, but who the Phuck ever drew all numbers that way? Nobody, that`s who. The only place all the numbers would ever have those specific angles is on that there chart. And to be honest you it would be a waste of time to draw numbers this way when our rounded numbers are an easier way to write.
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Female 1,435
ha! i never noticed but thats how i count numbers anyway.
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Male 1,587
So we`ve been using the same type font since we`ve been using numbers? cool story bro.
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Male 10,440
[quote] Mind Blown... [/quote]
[quote] mind=blown [/quote]
[quote] mind. blown.[/quote]
Are you saying that to appear more interesting or are your minds so weak that the most transparent coincidence is enough to blow them up?
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Female 152
While this does seem a little far fetched, it isn`t impossible to believe that that is the basis of why those characters represent numbers in the English language. How long have we been recording things with a written language rather than pictures? So centuries of evolution of different hand writing and the like. It kinda does make a bit of sense.
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Male 156
What a crock of poo.
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Male 5,314
yeah no. clever, but no.
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Male 541
mind. blown.
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Male 1,587
Fake. I know from seeing a lot of shops in my time. This is just like that scene in never back down when Charlie opens a chocolate factory but it is really a secret child labor smuggling operation and a spy code named Wonka infiltrates his organization and plants a bomb inside that kills all the kids, thus devoiding the world of child labor.
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Male 379
This is retarded. Numbers evolved over time along with letters. Their shape has nothing to do with angles.
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Male 138
Awesome lolol
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Male 4,014
No one draws numbers like that. You could put a line on the bottom of the one. And no one draws a line under a seven.
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Male 10,440
That`s a strange way to draw a 9...
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Male 12
I`ve never seen a 9 drawn that way, but yea, seems interesting.
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Male 260
Mind Blown...
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Male 151
Looks greek to me....
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Female 1,008
I guess if you drew your 9s like an idiot you would come to that conclusion.
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Female 8
For reals?
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Male 322
mind=blown
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Male 19,848
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