I'm sorry but I can't resist to paste this short conversation between
Lord Blackadder and his servant Baldrick. Maybe you know this british
blackadder comedy.

>> If you teach: III and IIIIIII "mean" 3 and 7,  then you said nothing,
>> just named them. 
> That was my point. To talk on notation. I just hope people understand
> enough the number so that if I ask them to give me 3 euros, they will
> not give me two or four.

- Baldrick, if I have 2 beans and then I add 2 more beans, what do I have?
- Some beans.
- Yes... and no. Let's try again shall we? I have 2 beans, then I add 2
more beans. What does that make?
- A very small casserole.
- Baldrick, the ape creatures of the Indus have mastered this. Now try
again. 1, 2, 3, 4. So how many are there?
- 3
- What?!
- And that one.
- 3.. and that one. So if I add that 1 to the 3 what will I have?
- Oh! Some beans.
- Yes.. To you Baldrick the renaissance was just something that happened
to other people wasn't it?


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