Making up numbers
Origins on Jeopardy!
The first two made up numbers were made within eleven minutes of each other as answers for the same Jeopardy! prompt, "write a number". French Stewart awed the audience with his answer, threeve. Everyone thought he would win for sure, but he suffered an upsetting loss after Ken Jennings revealed an even more extraordinary answer, zeight.
An anticipating nation watched Jeopardy! the next week, hoping to be amazed by more made-up numbers. They were disappointed and angry, some to the point of rioting when it seemed that the episode would not contain any made-up numbers whatsoever. Keanu Reeves managed, incredibly, to save the world once again when he pleased viewers by wagering a made up number, eleventy.
It is also worth noting that the practice of inventing numbers to benefit the progression of game shows is an ancient ritual that has been going on since the Bronze Age. The most famous version of this is the internationally renowned sport of Numberwang.
Threeve was the first made up number developed. It was one of the two numbers invented in response to the Jeopardy! task of "writing a number". Threeve and the other number, zeight, are credited with starting the fad of inventing numbers.
Threeve was invented by French Stewart a.k.a Inspector Gadget. Despite the fact that such a brilliant answer won him half a million dollars, he still lost because his competitor "that Mormon guy", or Ken Jennings, trumped him when he invented the number zeight.
Threeve is a combination of the numbers three and five.
Zeight was the second made up number.
Zeight was created by "that Mormon guy from Jeopardy!", more specifically known as Ken Jennings. It was his answer to the now famous Jeopardy! prompt, "write a number". Though his answer was chronologically second, it was a better answer and won the match for Jennings, and so it is therefore just as famous as threeve.
Eleventy (sometimes written 11t) was a number made up by Keanu Reeves on Jeopardy exactly one week after the famous Stewart-Jennings episode. An eager nation tuned into the episode hoping to be pleased by the kind incredible made-up numbers they had heard about from the last show. Jeopardy! however, being the heartless corporation it is, refused to satisfy their audience. The entire nation was close to rioting, when Keanu Reeves miraculously stuck in a made up number at the last minute. If the show wouldn't give him a chance to make up a number, he would wager a made up number instead. The entire kingdom rejoiced when his made up number appeared.
The implications of eleventy were immense. Rather than being a combination of two made up numbers like the previous made-up numbers, eleventy was a combination of a number, eleven, and a suffix typically applied to numbers less than ten, ty. This opened the window for a whole new type of made-up number. Dozens of other made up numbers were inspired by Reeves daring move, including: twelvty, thirteenty, fourteenty, and fifteenty.
The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien maintains that Keanu Reeves was not the first to discover eleventy, but instead a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins made up both eleventy and eleventy-one way back in the Third Age.
This number was made up by black people in Africa during the year 123 BCE. It was at a time when there were no Asians inhabiting Africa to correct them. It has stayed in their dialect due to horrible rap music.
Spread from Jeopardy!
Soon ordinary people across the country began making up numbers themselves and the revolution reached its highest point. The world was flooded by made-up numbers. Some people, irritated at the amateurish numbers being created by some people, tried to get the government to pass a law requiring people to be licensed before making up numbers. Many "numbers" were made-up that weren't actually numbers at all! These include:
- see, an attempt to combine either seven and three or six and three
- fee, an attempt to combine either five and three or four and three
- twine, an attempt to combine two and nine
- zen, an attempt to combine zero and ten
- thrive, an attempt to combine three and five
- !, really just a capital one that asks: "What's in your wallet?"
- Thirty-one, during the argument as to whether or not it is a real number. It has recently been proven that 31 is not real, but imaginary.
These attempts to make up numbers failed because the "numbers" that were made up, were actually already words!
The -illion Series
Soon people grew weary of numbers always being produced by combining small numbers. They demanded bigger made-up numbers. That demand was met by the -illion series. Rather than being small, the numbers in the -illion series were gigantic. Even bigger than a million, or a billion, or a trillion.
The Original -illions
Originally, the -illion series was only a small group of numbers and was very well organized. There are a few "base" -illion numbers, which can then be made bigger by adding prefixes. The exception to this rule is the number infinitillion, which is so big that it renders the addition of prefixes unnecessary.
List of base -illions and thir daughter numbers:
It has been agreed that Infinitillion is the biggest of the -illion series, it in fact is one of the top 3 biggest numbers ever. Since it was never decided who was bigger between Jillion and Zillion, everyone decided that Jillion and Zillion were equal, and that their corresponding daughter numbers were too. A simple chart below explians.
largest Infinitillion ______|______ | | Gajillion = Gazillion | | Bajillion = Bazillion | | Jillion = Zillion smallest
Later -illion Numbers
Soon enough, however, people began making their own -illions and the -illion number spectrum was beginning to be crowded, too crowded. People could no longer make sense of the hundreds of -illion numbers everywhere. So all of them were just thrown into a big pool together and forgotten by the general public.
Only one soccer player on the Brazilian team has ever worn the Brazillion numbered jersey, and that was the legendary Jeng Chi. Jeng Chi was the greatest soccer player ever on the Brazilian soccer team. Jeng Chi was worshipped as a God by Brazilians because of his incredible soccer skills.
He was feared by opponents for the power of his kicks. A ball kicked by Jeng Chi was known to occasionally knock off the limbs of anyone who was foolish enough to be in the way. Jeng Chi could also summon fire out of the atmosphere and inflame the ball as it flew, making it even more of a danger to others.
Since nobody dared get in the ways of the ball after Jeng Chi kicked it, he would just go on scoring over and over during soccer games. Rather than actually bothering to keeping track of the score, officials would simply record the final score of the game as a "Brazillion" to zero. (Or a Brazillion to one in one case.)
Recently, the number Brazillion has become a source of national pride for Brazilians. They make a point to use it when any other made up number will do.
List of Some Other Later -illion Numbers:
This number was invented and made famous by ex-convict Group X in an internet video. The video, found buried in an ancient tomb, was found to predate the internet phenomenon known as internet phenomenons by as much as several years, as evidenced by the animation and cut-n-paste editing of photographs. In addition, it was discovered that by subtracting the hypotenuse and dividing by lolcat, Group X was also responsible for the invention of a number of other made up numbers:
- two and heif
- shwenty seven heif
Google is the only made-up number that is completely unrelated to real-numbers. In fact, Google is really just a word made up by the Google Corporation. For this reason, many experts have argued that Google is actually not a legitimate made-up number. A few of their arguments are:
- Google is a proper noun, and numbers, even made-up ones, are never proper nouns, or nouns period.
- Being entirely unrelated to numbers, Google is just gibberish, a made-up word.
- The only reason people even considered it a made-up number is because Google said so.
Even though all making-up numbers experts agree that Google is not a made up number, it still continues to be considered so because of the immense strengh of the Google Corporation and their ally, Wikipedia.
In an unrelated note, there is in fact a true number known as google. People are mostly unaware of this number, but do know it's larger relative, googleplex.