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diddyknux
02-14-2013, 01:07 AM
When you count using your fingers... Do you use the thumb on a hand first or last? I use my thumb last.

Baltes
02-14-2013, 02:30 AM
Last

Sangome
02-14-2013, 02:31 AM
...I actually had to start counting on my fingers right now to see which one I'd do first without thinking.

Last.

JasefWisener
02-14-2013, 08:28 AM
First

Reozen
02-14-2013, 08:44 AM
First

Nightlingbolt
02-14-2013, 09:46 AM
I do thumbs first, but I don't see why it matters.

ZebraGoomba
02-14-2013, 08:29 PM
I do thumbs first, but I don't see why it matters.

All will become clear when the Chosen One appears...

But seriously, this is a strange topic. At the same time though, it at least made me realize something I've never paid attention to, so thanks I...guess? Also, thumb first.

Reozen
02-14-2013, 10:37 PM
It's not a strange topic I'm sure Diddy always wondered how people count their fingers.

diddyknux
02-15-2013, 02:56 AM
Not always. But the other day I saw someone counting, and noticed he used his thumb first, and it struck me as odd. So I got curious.

jdtwins2009
02-15-2013, 03:19 AM
I start with my index finger and end with my thumb. I can't even imagine doing otherwise lol

Trust, Me I Got This
02-15-2013, 03:28 AM
I use my thumb as the third finger I count with.

GrimsChild
02-15-2013, 11:45 AM
I count in binary so the answer is both.

ojamamask
02-15-2013, 02:24 PM
I count in binary so the answer is both.
That makes absolutely no sense to me.

JasefWisener
02-15-2013, 02:40 PM
I start with my index finger and end with my thumb. I can't even imagine doing otherwise lol

I did that most of my life, and randomly changed toward the end of high school. I think after trying thumb first once, it just felt more natural to me.

Peer pressure, guys. Give into it and all of your dreams will come true.

jdtwins2009
02-16-2013, 08:17 PM
WELL, I just counted to 10 on my fingers and realized that if I'm counting anything like 1-10 on my hands I do 1-5 starting with index and ending with thumb like I said, but 6-10 I start with my thumb and end with pinkie.

But that doesn't count cuz I say so.

I SHALL NOT FALL INTO TEMPTATION/PEER PRESSURE

Daskichan
02-18-2013, 12:41 AM
This is where being a sign language minor makes things uber different. -gonk-

I just tried to count otherwise and I did thumb last. I am hand-confused.

untuxable
02-18-2013, 10:31 AM
Had to count on my fingers to remember, and I do index to pinkie and then thumb.

It's been so long since I've counted on my fingers though, seriously. I can't even remember doing it it all.

EDIT- Just thought of something; think about what fingers you hold up when representing a number. If you're telling someone the number one, you hold up your index finger. two is index and middle, three adds the ring finger, and four adds the pinkie. Using that logic, the normal way to count on your fingers would be to use the thumb last.

deadbrain
02-18-2013, 11:04 AM
Third...actually.

Pantaro
02-18-2013, 01:18 PM
Thumb first for my left hand, thumb last for my right.

I'm a weirdo.

diddyknux
02-20-2013, 12:50 AM
Follow up question: For anyone who says something other then first or last... How DO you count with your fingers then? Its also possible I don't know trolling when I see it, but... Doesn't hurt to ask.

pkGamerB
02-20-2013, 02:12 PM
Third...actually.I was gonna say something like this, but you beat me to it.

Seriously though, I've always done thumb last. No real reason, but it feels weird to do it any other way.
EDIT- Just thought of something; think about what fingers you hold up when representing a number. If you're telling someone the number one, you hold up your index finger. two is index and middle, three adds the ring finger, and four adds the pinkie. Using that logic, the normal way to count on your fingers would be to use the thumb last.This is actually a pretty good point. I hadn't thought of that before.

GrimsChild
02-20-2013, 02:26 PM
I count in binary so the answer is both.
That makes absolutely no sense to me.
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Sonic62
03-05-2013, 11:59 PM
Numbers 1-5 I use the thumb last, 6-10 the thumb comes first.

To expand on the topic, do left handed people use their left hand, and right handed people their right hand to count from 1-5 and does that effect which finger you use first for 6-10? Does it effect which finger you use first/last for 1-5?

Hopefully that made sense.

Outcast_Gamer117
03-17-2013, 07:47 PM
Thumb first.

cHicKeLoR
03-18-2013, 05:21 AM
I use my thumb first...

Hartross
03-19-2013, 07:19 AM
Last from me too

Apple314
03-19-2013, 12:46 PM
I don't. I use a base-8 system.

Okay, seriously, I count the thumb last.

MalkanorBek
03-21-2013, 10:29 AM
It depends. If I'm counting to someone, then I count my thumb last. If I'm just counting to myself, I will count my thumb first.

untuxable
03-21-2013, 11:47 AM
...is it bothering anyone else that the poll is tied?

AnythingButAwesome
03-21-2013, 04:57 PM
It depends on what angle my arm is in. If my arm is pointed up I count index finger first. If my arm is pointed down or parallel with the ground I count thumb first. Or maybe it's if my palm is pointed away from my body I count index fingers first. I don't know, but I use both methods.

diddyknux
03-31-2013, 12:58 AM
Perhaps I should have added a "Both" option. Too late now.

Soul
06-03-2013, 09:41 PM
I usually count the thumb last, but I often also count it first. I think it might depend on how I look at my hand when I start counting.

JoshBresser
07-04-2013, 08:43 PM
People do thumb first??

What is the MATTER with some people? :omg:

GreenBrindle
07-26-2013, 10:19 AM
This is where being a sign language minor makes things uber different. -gonk-

I just tried to count otherwise and I did thumb last. I am hand-confused.

Yeah, for ASL, it's 3rd and 5th, and, technically 10th! 8-)

Chimrango
09-25-2013, 10:33 PM
I've switched over the years, but recently it's definitely been thumb first.

Also glad to see I tied it off. 21 v 21. I could analyze that with mathematical words... But I don't want to.

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HowlingRetribution2
09-27-2013, 12:24 PM
If I start counting on my left hand my thumb will always go first. But if I start counting on my right hand the thumb can go either first or last. Too bad I can't disrupt the balance of thumb first and last above D:

Godzilla145
02-16-2014, 07:19 PM
Thumbs up seven up babe.

MSico
02-17-2014, 10:10 AM
I count my thumb first AND last :o one (thumb) two three four five six (thumb again)