Quinte, On. real estate agent: The Numbers We Use

The Numbers We Use

We are all familiar with the numbers that we use on a daily basis. I'd like to be more familiar with a few higher ones, but that's beside the point of this blog post. I had never really thought about this until a couple of days ago when my dad sent me an email containing a power point presentation. It's a little odd that I had never before thought to think about this subject, because this is exactly the type of thing that I can waste many fruitless hours wondering about. In a way I'm lucky, the answer to this mystery was presented to me before I had even wondered about it in the first place.

How did the numerals we use on a day to day basis take their present form? The power point presentation (turned into a video for the purpose of blogging) presents a pretty strong theory on how they took shape. What do you think? Is this a plausible theory? I'm kind of leaning towards it being so.

Forgive me if you have seen this already, it has probably made a few rounds on the internet by now

Comment balloon 14 commentsMalcolm Johnston • July 15 2010 06:28PM


Well, I hadn't seen this one before. It really is quite interesting, and plausible.
Posted by Lisa Orme, Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu (The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY) about 9 years ago
Hello Malcolm, this is interesting and I think somewhere in the past I did hear about it. I certainly don't know the answer, but I also remember hearing that this was a myth. Whether it is or not I don't know, but this is one hell of a coincidence if it is a myth.
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 9 years ago
Malcolm, It makes some sense to me and right at the moment I don't have another explanation. Brian
Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago


I love numbers but I was not aware of the theory on how they took shape. Very interesting!

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR about 9 years ago
Malcolm: That was quite interesting and informative. The next time I want to showoff, I'll try to remember this! Ty
Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) about 9 years ago

Malcolm, interesting theory. Makes sense I guess. I often wonder how we came up with words for things too or some of the surnames people have.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 9 years ago
Sure. Why not. Makes just as much sense as any other reason for numbers.
Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

Huh! Pretty kewl. I guess I'd better put those last angles on my number nine though...I've been doing it wrong all my life :)

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer about 9 years ago

LISA ORME, Broker/REALTOR(R), ABR, CRS, PSCS, SFR, Notary Public (The Master's Key Realty LLC) Thanks Lisa, I think it's plausible too.

Nick Pappas - Madison and Huntsville Alabama (Associate Broker e-Pro REMAX MADISON, ALABAMA)Nick, I had never heard this theory before.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Neither do I Brian.

Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR Greetings from Red Lodge, Montana! Numbers are interesting Gerry.

Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc Lol Ty, I wouldn't thnk you'd have to show off.

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging)Janice, I wonder the same things.

Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) I guess it is as good as any theory Russel.

Pam McInnes (Team Realty K.W. Inc., Brokerage - Kitchener, ON Canada) Yeah, the nine seemed to stretch the theory a little bit Pam.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Malcolm ~ thank you for the interesting history lesson.  Our 9's nowadays look very different from the video.  Thanks!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 9 years ago

Malcolm this was so interesting, who knew? Like you, we had never thought about it before, now it all makes sense.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Very Cool, I didn't understand your post at first, so I just clicked on the video and "Got It"....Thanks so much for the lesson!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 9 years ago

You learn something new every day. Most Americans do not cross their sevens though!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Dawn Fabiszak, CRS, GRI, SFR, CNE (Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado) They do look a lot different today Dawn. They are a little blunter.

Al and Peggy Cunningham, Brokers Voted Best Real Estate People Brampton (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Buying or Selling) Al and Peggy, it does make a lot of sense.

Jane Grant - Southwest Real Estate - Riverside County, CA You're welcome Jane, I thought it was pretty neat.

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) Actually Ellie, I remember a day in 1983 where I didn't learn anything at all.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago