So I was watching the Super Bowl last night… for those who know me – they KNOW that would NEVER happen! But alas, I was invited to a Super Bowl party, so I studied up on football and went in ready to enjoy the game (and commercials and halftime show!). While watching the game I noticed the roman numerals detailing the number of Super Bowls there had been:
So, I knew: I = 1 V = 5 X = 10 and M = 1000
I had forgotten that L = 50, until I looked it up on my phone.
I know if the lower number comes before the bigger number you subtract, if it comes after you add…
IV = 4 VI = 6 IX = 9 XI = 11
Then I did the math.
IX is: 1 – 10 = 9 XL is: 10 – 50 = 40
For a total of: 40 + 9 = 49
But then I wondered…
Why didn’t they just do
1 – 50 = 49
Was it because it just didn’t look cool enough?
The world may never know.