Roman numerals. Who knew they’d come in handy at least once a year around Super Bowl season?!? XLVIII = 48. And, lest you think I’m a Roman numeral expert, I had to look it up here. As I was researching these fancy numbers, I suddenly had questions. What’s the deal with Roman numerals today? Do I need to brush up on my ancient numeric history? Will Roman numerals make a come back like skinny jeans or bomber jackets? Although these questions are somewhat silly and insignificant, it did take me on a mini-journey through Google-land, and here’s a few little tidbits I discovered along the way (thanks to The Math Dude).
- Roman numerals, as is evidenced by the name, was the numeric system used in ancient Rome.
- Roman numerals have lost their trendiness in the day-to-day world, but are the numbers of choice today for things like faces on clocks, inscriptions on monuments, and those years that scroll across the screen at the end of movie credits.
- Roman numerals are here to stay primarily because they’ve been around for so long and used for a considerable number of names belonging to kings and queens throughout history, not to mention Popes. And since it’s a part of their actual name, and since their names are a part of history, Roman numerals will keep on keepin’ on as future scholars write reports on, read about and name their children after these historical figures.
Back to the BIG GAME coming up on February 2, as I’ve said before, I’m not a huge football fan. However, I do love a good super bowl party, watching the game with lots of people, lots of good food, and lots of fun decorations. So, to help YOU get your game on and make your party-people ooooh and aaaah over your superb super bowl party planning skillz, here’s some great free printables for you (just click on the image below!). Here’s to Super Bowl XLVIII!
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? | Romans 10:14