The most simple answer here is because it is the easiest base to work with in everyday life. Of course, in other circumstances, such as binary in computers (base 2) and hexidecimals in programming (base 6) etc. it works best using other bases.

I am actually very annoyed by the fact that we use base 10 >_<
hexadecimal is much more practical and at least just as easy(if only we had learned it from the beginning) =/

That answer is indeed as simple as everyone has noted. We have ten fingers. That's it, really.

@r-o-t-a
Hexadecimal is base 16, not base 6.
Hexa- (six) + deci- (ten) + -al (pertaining to) = hexadecimal (pertaining to base 16)
six + ten = sixteen

@Sind
In which way in particular is it more practical, other than computer applications? Also, who would invent the six new digits needed to replace A (10) through F (15)?

Actually we used a number of different number base systems before we used base 10.
Look at roman numerals for example. They predate the decimal system.

Base 10 is something good we inherited from the Moslems when they saved and preserved greek science and philosophy and developed the zero placeholder. so 10 little symbols to describe ALL number values.

So much good art, so many good questions, and lots to learn in this comic and the comments!

Personally, I could get behind a base 6 number system. It would make efficient use of your fingers for counting. Plus you could count up to 41 with ease.

And we should all know how significant the number 42 is. XD

But if you want counting efficiency, finger binary lets you count all the way up to 1023. Just know that in some places the number 4 in finger binary is very rude.

At least traditionally we have many more measurements that are not base 10 than are, inches, feet, miles, cups, pints, acres, fahrenheit, tonnes(imperial, not short) furlongs, etc.

Indeed in the US things still usually aren't measured in base 10 except to comply with international standards (for export or in scientific endeavours)

@Ishtar, you don't seem to understand what base 10 is. Inches, feet, miles and everything else you've listed are all still counted in base 10, they just increment in non-10 numbers. When you're counting in some base other than 10, rather than going 9 to 10, you would go 9 to some other symbol.

Counting from base 10 is very ancient, dating back to the Chinese Abacus and possibly further. Or it's because some drunk guy once said, "I wonder how many fingers I can jam in my mouth at one time. Someone count..."

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@r-o-t-aHexadecimal is base 16, not base 6.

Hexa- (six) + deci- (ten) + -al (pertaining to) = hexadecimal (pertaining to base 16)

six + ten = sixteen

@SindIn which way in particular is it more practical, other than computer applications? Also, who would invent the six new digits needed to replace A (10) through F (15)?

## Thrudd, Feb 09, 2011, 09 am

Look at roman numerals for example. They predate the decimal system.

Base 10 is something good we inherited from the Moslems when they saved and preserved greek science and philosophy and developed the zero placeholder. so 10 little symbols to describe ALL number values.

## Unclever title, Aug 21, 2012, 07 am

Personally, I could get behind a base 6 number system. It would make efficient use of your fingers for counting. Plus you could count up to 41 with ease.

And we should all know how significant the number 42 is. XD

But if you want counting efficiency, finger binary lets you count all the way up to 1023. Just know that in some places the number 4 in finger binary is very rude.

## Ishtar (Guest), Jun 29, 2014, 09 pm

At least traditionally we have many more measurements that are not base 10 than are, inches, feet, miles, cups, pints, acres, fahrenheit, tonnes(imperial, not short) furlongs, etc.

Indeed in the US things still usually aren't measured in base 10 except to comply with international standards (for export or in scientific endeavours)

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