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essay | 11-Apr-2003 | language | Pomeranian | unsorted | 63 | 10 | 58.0% |

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 | 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 | posted 13-Apr-2003 10:42am Up to 999,999,999,999,999, I guess. I'm not sure what comes after trillion. |

Biggles | (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 |

juliw | (reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2003 10:57am Yeah, but a million pounds is worth WAY more than a million dollars! |

Biggles | (reply to juliw) posted 13-Apr-2003 11:10am True |

juliw | (reply to Biggles) posted 13-Apr-2003 11:19am |

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 | posted 23-Apr-2003 7:20am 69 |

Wicksy | posted 23-Apr-2003 7:20am I lose concentration when I get to 69 |

mandy | (reply to Wicksy) posted 23-Apr-2003 6:58pm |

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 | posted 29-Jan-2013 6:22am 10^37 - 1 without having to look up what the next grouping is at 10^37. |

OlympusDynasty | posted 8-Mar-2017 11:04pm The highest that YOU can count to is not even a million. By the time you count to a million you will be 97 or even farther. Probably if you are willing, the highest number that you can count to is 100,000 or 500,000 if you are willing to. It would take 1 year to get to 500 thousand and 4 months to get to 100,000 so I wouldn't, so the highest number that YOU can count to is probably 567,876.9999999. |

JessicaWoman99 | posted 9-Mar-2017 2:36pm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 I can count to 15 |

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