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What is the highest number that you can count up to?

Starting from zero, what is the highest number you can count up to such that you are certain you will know the name of each number along the way. I don't mean how far are you willing to count until you are exhausted or bored. For example, if your answer is 'up to the thousands' then you know all of the names of the numbers from 0 to 9999 but you don't know that the next number is called 'ten thousand'.


 


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Zang
posted 12-Apr-2003 7:44pm  
999,999,999,999,999 I'm not totally sure what comes next. It might be a quadrillion, in which case I could add three more nines and then be confused. Quintillion?
Zang
posted 12-Apr-2003 7:48pm  
darkshadowsseeker
posted 12-Apr-2003 8:36pm  
I know I can count at least as high as 10,000, but I've never bothered to see if I can go higher. I have better things to do with my time.
ROCKMAN
posted 12-Apr-2003 11:31pm  
Sextillion is the highest I know without skiping one I'm drawing a blank for the next trillion but after the next one I think its octillion.
anonymous
posted 12-Apr-2003 11:54pm  
one googleplex
mandy
posted 13-Apr-2003 12:34am  
nine thousand nine hundred ninety nine trillion nine hundred ninety nine
dab
posted 13-Apr-2003 9:00am  
Since counting to one billion at one number per second would take 32 years, I don't think I'd have time to count to the largest number I know which is billions of times larger.
juliw
posted 13-Apr-2003 10:22am  
999 octillion, 999 septillion, 999 sextillion, 999 quintillion, 999 quadrillion, 999 trillion, 999 billion, 999 million, 999 thousand, 999.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 13-Apr-2003 10:41am  
About 999 million. After that I'm never sure whether the British billion is a thousand million or a million million. Or neither!
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 13-Apr-2003 10:42am  
Up to 999,999,999,999,999, I guess. I'm not sure what comes after trillion.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to juliw) posted 13-Apr-2003 10:44am  
The American way is so much easier than the British one. 1000 million here is a milliard and a thousand milliard is a British billion  * wry smile *
juliw
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2003 10:57am  
Yeah, but a million pounds is worth WAY more than a million dollars!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to juliw) posted 13-Apr-2003 11:10am  
True  * grin *
juliw
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2003 11:19am  
 * smile *
anoddoblivion
posted 13-Apr-2003 2:38pm  
I can technically count as high as I wanted for I understand how the system works. I can really only count up to 999,999,999,999,999 because I don't know what comes after a trillion.
anoddoblivion
posted 13-Apr-2003 2:41pm  
I guess it would be centillion.
juliw
(reply to Zang) posted 13-Apr-2003 4:07pm  
Thanks for the link! Now, I can count even higher!
Zang
(reply to juliw) posted 13-Apr-2003 9:56pm  
I suppose I can too! ...not that I would ever attempt it...
CrazyAmerican
posted 14-Apr-2003 12:45am  
Up to nine-hundred ninety-nine trillion nine-hundred ninety-nine billion nine-hundred ninety-nine million nine-hundred ninety-nine thousand nine-hundred ninety-nine or 999.999,999,999,999.00
Lex
posted 14-Apr-2003 4:25am  
1000 trillion -1
Lex
posted 14-Apr-2003 4:36am  
...although in practice, about 4.7 billion is my limit, assuming I can count 2 numbers a second, 18 hours a day for 100 years.

... and 2 numbers a second is very optimistic. How long does it take to say "one billion, three hundred and ninty seven million, two hundred and sixty one thousand, and seven"

... and what is you made a mistake, or forgot where you were counting? Would you have to start again at one? Just how annoying would that be?

Coincidentally, 4.7 billion is approximately the age of the earth in years.
Dino
posted 14-Apr-2003 6:58am  
9,999,999
CarolL
posted 14-Apr-2003 8:06am  
Nine hundred, ninety nine billion gillion million.
Jody
posted 14-Apr-2003 10:00am  
What comes after 9,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 (that starts with 9 nonillion - what comes after nonillions?).
kaleb777
posted 14-Apr-2003 2:04pm  
I'm not sure what comes after the billions, I think trillion, so I'll say 999,999,999,999.
sonikJ
posted 14-Apr-2003 2:48pm  
999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999
after nine hundred ninety-nine nonillion, blah-blah blah, I lose it.
juliw
(reply to Zang) posted 14-Apr-2003 5:45pm  
Naw, I wouldn't attempt it, either!
Pomeranian
(reply to Zang) posted 14-Apr-2003 7:04pm  
cool link.
dora
posted 14-Apr-2003 7:08pm  
I guess I don't know how one billion of billions is called (unless you call it one billion of billions)

dora
posted 14-Apr-2003 7:12pm  
Or milliards....whatever.

Is the same!

I'm not even sure I can write it properly.I mean un miliardo di miliardi.

Zang
(reply to Pomeranian) posted 14-Apr-2003 7:56pm  
It's attached to the same dictionary which is attached to this site. I found it by looking up quadrillion to see if I was right about it being 1000 x a trillion. It isn't very often that you hear numbers larger than so many trillion. I think that once you get into bigger numbers they are usually expressed as blah to the blah power...
southernyankee
posted 15-Apr-2003 1:51pm  
999 trillion, 999 billion, 999 million, 999 thousand, nine hundered and nighty nine. i am not sure what comes after trillion. i think its terrallion. something like that. i'd have to check my phycis book for that one. by that time, i'd be using scientic notation, so it wouldn't really matter.
Wicksy Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Apr-2003 7:20am  
69

 * raspberry *
Wicksy Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Apr-2003 7:20am  
I lose concentration when I get to 69

 * raspberry *
mandy
(reply to Wicksy) posted 23-Apr-2003 6:58pm  
 * laughing out loud *
wolfchik9
posted 24-Apr-2003 12:13pm  
After 999 trillion.
tdickensheets
posted 2-May-2003 10:21pm  
I can count up to 100.
Danielstreet
posted 31-Aug-2006 2:21pm  
Nine hundred and ninety nine GOOGOL, nine hundred and ninety nine NOVEMVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine OCTOVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine SEPTENVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine QUINVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine QUATTUORVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine TREVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine DUOVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine UNVIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine VIGINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine NOVEMDECILLION nine hundred and ninety nine, OCTODECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine SEPTENDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine SEXDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine QUINDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine QUATTUORDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine TREDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine DUODECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine UNDECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine DECILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine NONILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine OCTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine SEPTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine SEXTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine QUINTILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine
QUADRILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine TRILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine BILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine MILLION, nine hundred and ninety nine THOUSAND, nine HUNDRED and ninety nine. Or, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999, 999. or 10 to the one hundredth power, 10^100.

http://pages.prodigy.net/jhonig/bignum/indx.html
sloth9669
posted 10-Aug-2007 4:07pm  
999 vigintillion, 999 novemdecillion, 999 octodecillion, 999 septendecillion , 999 sexdecillion, 999 quindecillion, 999 quattuordecillion, 999 tredecillion, 999 duodecillion, 999 undecillion, 999 decillion, 999 nonillion, 999 octillion, 999 septillion, 999 sextillion, 999 quintillion, 999 quadrillion, 999 trillion, 999 billion, 999 million, 999 thousand, 999. Unfortunately, the next number, according to Webster's dictionary, Britannica encyclopedia, and MIT has not been named. You could use unvigintillion, duovigintillion, and so forth, but these words are not defined as such anywhere on earth. There are numbers, such as a googol (1 with 100 zeros), and centillion (1 with 303 zeros) and google plex (1 with a googol zeros) in existance, but to reach them counting is impossible, as the numbers between vigintillion and googol have not yet been named and defined. A vigintillion has 63 zeros behind the 1. Numbers with 66 - 99 zeros (in increments of three to reach a new number) are not named or defined. 100 zeros equals a googol, but the trail goes cold once more for those numbers bearing 103 - 300 zeros (again, in increments of three). Centillion represents a 1 with 303 zeros, and then the googolplex being the highest defined number as a 1 with a googol zeros. So, vigintillion is the highest number I could count too, given the time. Unfortunately, my bank account doesn't need much more than the word hundred to define it.
smartune
posted 20-Sep-2007 6:21pm  
i'm thinking a googolduplex (a 1 with a googolplex 0's behind it)
rayclutter
posted 12-Jul-2009 6:38pm  
1 duotrigintillion OR 10 TO THE 199TH POWER (THAT IS 1 WITH 100 ZEROS) AFTER THAT THER IS NO NANES FOR NUMBERS.
Kaner88
posted 19-Jul-2010 6:10pm  
When i wuz a kid i remember countin 2 somewhere in the 2000s bcuz i wuz waitin for mom 2 get done w/ something
jhume
posted 26-Sep-2012 7:30pm  
centillion
ilovetitties
posted 30-Dec-2012 8:59pm  
999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 999 99 (999 Centillion and so on... im not typing out the full number in words. too fudgein long.)
Lysannus Survey Qualifier
posted 29-Jan-2013 6:22am  
10^37 - 1 without having to look up what the next grouping is at 10^37.
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