domingo, 23 de enero de 2011

The mistery of number 8 / El misterio del número 8

Dutch number 8 (left) and an 'international' number 8 (right). Credits: somosuno.

If you have been in the Netherlands for a while you must have noticed this: number 8 is different, number 8 is like a sinuous snake, number 8 is like a suggestive belly dance... All Dutch people write it like that. Why, oh why? Is it a handwriting teachers' conspiracy? In the rest of the world, number 8 is just written as a plain number 8! :-)

Si llevas un tiempo en Holanda has debido darte cuenta de esto: el número 8 es diferente, el número 8 es como una serpiente sinuosa, el número 8 es como una sugerente danza del vientre... Todos los holandeses lo escriben así. ¿Por qué? ¿Por qué? ¿Será una conspiración de los profesores de caligrafía en las escuelas? En el resto del mundo, el número 8 se escribe ¡como un número 8! :-)

3 comentarios:

Barba Larga dijo...

Yes! It's one of the first things I noticed! I went to the bank to open an account and the lady at the desk kindly wrote the account number for me on a card. And I had to ask her what was that sign! Then she, very kindly also, explained to me that that was number 8 and that everybody in The Netherlands wrote it that way. Easy!

Pi dijo...

Thank God it's only one number and not all of them :-)

stcircus dijo...

That is funny!