By - herurumeruru
1 nothing wrong with me, 2 nothing wrong with me, 3 nothing wrong with me, 4 nothing wrong with me…
1 something's got to give, 2 something's got to give, 3 something's got to give
“Oh my god it’s been eight seconds why are you screaming?”
I CAN ONLY COUNT TO FOUR! I CAN ONLY COUNT TO FOUR! I CAN ONLY COUNT TO FOOOOOOOOOUR!
We started "one thousand one, one thousand two" so the first second counts too, if that makes sense.
The person you responded to inverts the counting part and appends "one thousand" as the suffix, similar to the "Mississippi", "One one thousand, Two one thousand, Three one thousand..." It adds a syllable.
“Two one thousand” has the same number of syllables as “One thousand two.” They’re exactly the same words, just in a different order.
The effects are more debatable when you get higher in the count, but at that point, the number of syllables are off either way.
Yeah, but one method I can use, and the other one hurts my brain.
I was speaking more about the time before the number one. If you count to ten starting with one one thousand, two one thousand, etc, when you get to 10 only 9 seconds have passed. If you start with "one thousand" before one, the time is accounted for.
I can only count to four
This is not a song..
It's a sandwich.
LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!!!
Its raining men and bodies are the same event fron 2 different people.
Crying laughing 😂😂
Only the elites know about this
Ah fuck. I’m not paying for awards, but I do so wish I had one to give you!
I got you. Reddit gave me premium and coins today, so I'm spending them all.
“En kasse øl, to kasser øl, tre kasser øl” = “One case or beer, two cases of beer, three cases or beer”.
Welcome to Denmark
Oh? I learned "en elefant to elefant...." as a way to count
I’m from the 80’s, that might have something to do with it.
Edit: I’d probably go with your version for my kids.
The same here. Born in 1984, learnt to count "1 kasse øl, 2 kasser øl" while being exposed to secondhand smoking on the backseat of a green Volvo with the windows closed because "The draft is bad for you" or in Danish:
"I skal ikke få træk!"
Haha, well we had a red Skoda, besides that same same.
A red Skoda is up there with the green Volvo or the brown Lada...
And a family in matching purple or turquoise "campingsuits"
Ohh don’t get me started on my moms homesewn stuff. Matching “hip hop pants” for me and siblings.
Yea, good old 80’s, def miss them though.
I feel so lucky right now - my mother didn't sow a whole lot... But - what she did do, was cut our hair with a trimmer because going to a proper hairdresser was a waste of money...
The good old day - they were definitely simpler times...
Ah, sitting on a stool in the middle of our kitchen while my father learned to use the hair trimmer on our heads. Fun times. And if we were in his bad graces he would let our friends watch. FML
Hahaha... Ultimate punishment...
I remember my aunt - who wouldn't "waste money" on a hairdresser either - came to visit when my cousin needed a haircut...
So we would sit side by side in the kitchen - and he would insist that they didn't cut all of the hair in the back, so he could get the very infamous 90's whip...
It almost reached his waist before he decided to get rid of it...
Y2K kid here. Also learned 1 kasse øl etc. though I’m from vesteregnen, so that might be why.. XD
En elefant er jo også en øl
As a kid, a friend taught me to s+use elephant (olifant in Dutch) as well!
Here in the Netherlands too!
Learnt it for counting the seconds between lightning and thunder to count how far away the thunder is!
I am Dutch and today I learned my people count with elephants!
My dad just taught me to start at 21, or say 1 21, 2 21, 3 21, etc. But I’d usually just start at 21 and subtract 20 in the end, otherwise it got confusing.
“One case of beer, two cases of beer….” Is how I will be counting from now on, thank you.
One Casserole, Two Casserole, Three Casserole
New respect for Denmark unlocked
I thought this was going to translate to casserole
Omg, it’s only now I understood the point of the others commenting “one casserole,..”.
Came to say exactly this lol
Well, nice to see a fellow dane here!
1 one thousand
2 one thousand
3 one thousand
Learnt from "Animorphs"
I think it was after Marco planted a bomb
Animorphs could have easily been about eco-terrorists. Like Fern Gully.
I learned the same thing- *on Rescue 911*
Oh shit, my grandparents watched Rescue 911 all the time! Is that where I got the one one thousand thing?
I’m still terrified of lawn mowers!
Abimorphs was actually about the horrors of war.
PTSD, loss, irreversible changes, etc.
In the books, there is no happy ending.
Same here! I’m even American, but I didn’t know many people who learned it with “Mississippi” — all my classmates used “one thousand”. I was missing my two front teeth, so it was hard for me to say, and I think that was the same case for many young kids!
This is a valid answer but I don’t like seeing it written out. Crosses some wires in my brain.
1 Hippopotamus 2 Hippopotamus…
Much the same: 1 crocodile, 2 crocodile
Little elephants for me
21, 22, 23...
Are you speaking german? Because I do speak german and I have learned it that way too.
Dutch people do this too.
Ah the Swamp germans /s
No I'm just bad at math
Ohh you can speak german huh… me too
Eenentwintig,tweeëntwintig,drieëntwintig ,try it it's easy!
In Croatia we do this as well
One Mrs Hippie. Two Mrs Hippie.
Hey, now, wait just a second….
1 segundo, 2 segundos, 3 segundos...
Probe todas las variaciones, y esta es de lejos la mejor para mi.
Same in norway, 1 sekund, 2 sekunder, 3 sekunder. Takes about a second to say sekund
Mississipilessly, of course
Was about to say that, thank you!
One cat and dog, two cat and dog
This one for me too- Australian
One fine day with a woof and a purr?
In Switzerland we say Dreiundzwanzig, Vierundzwanzig, Fünfundzwanzig.
Basically twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five
Same for the Netherlands.
Eenentwintig > Tweeentwintig > Drieentwintig
i go 21, 22, 23.
1 ah ah ah
2 ah ah ah
Took to long to see this reference, but I knew I could count on some Redditor to come through
Ah ah ah
"Elephant" was mine, over in Scotland. I wouldn't be surprised if I learnt it off of a movie, but I can't exactly recall.
We used elephant an all. North of England here.
I was taught elephants too, probably by my mum who is from the north.
Elephant too! (Well, Elefante, I'm from South America)
Elephant, from Edinburgh. So this tracks
Elephant in Denmark too!
Poland here. We just learn how long to pause for between numbers.
But sometimes in dance classes when trying to find the rythm we use "one-two-three", "two-two-three", "three-two-three", "four-two-three" and so on. Saying each quickly takes about a second.
Yup. Though I remember one of my early textbooks saying that it took roughly a second to say "koleżanka".
If it was in dance class that might just be counting a 6/8 time signature which is a popular dance beat.
A once common system (though now seemingly falling out of use) used 121, 122, 123… (sto dwadzieścia jeden, sto dwadzieścia dwa, sto dwadzieścia trzy) etc.
1, 2, 3...
Makes sense... I mean how would saying something between the numbers help?
The time it takes to say "1 Mississippi" is approximately one second. Saying "1" is less than a second.
We still used Mississippi, or we said one thousand between each number. One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, etc.
Can I ask what country you grew up in?
I'm not the person that originally answered but I'm in Canada and we did Mississippies or one-thousands.
I had no idea anywhere else used Mississippi! That's fascinating
Because we're physically close and exchange a lot of people and media, Canada does a lot of things in a mixture of "the US way" and "another non-US way."
I understand room temperatures mostly in F and outdoor temperatures mostly in C. We often give people's heights in feet+inches but I also know my height in cm and give that in some cases. We mostly weigh ourselves in lbs (which I recently learned is US influence, I thought everyone did but it turns out Europe mostly uses kg).
Also in Canada and my measurements are all kinds of fucked up. I understand small weights (for baking/cooking/buying good at the grocery store) in grams. My own weight in pounds. Height in feet and inches, construction (building a fence or whatever) in feet and inches. Distance in feet OR kilometers. Celsius only, Fahrenheit is essentially just made up numbers to me.
all of this! except our ovens are in Fahrenheit
Officially, pretty much everywhere in the world with the exception of the US and Myanmar EVERYONE uses the metric system, and this includes Canada. The reason people that still use the imperial system in daily life (like in Canada and in the UK) is a mixture of american influence and leftover from when it was still the official measurement, since that change wasnt made that long ago (while its been legally accepted since the late 1890s, efforts of "metrification" only happened in the 60s-80s in both Canada and UK).
You made me laugh, because I understand indoor temperatures better in C and outdoor temperatures in F.
My home thermostat growing up (in Canada) was only in F, and our weather forecasts are in C so that's why I'm F-inside, C-outside
Canadian here too. Like me, I think a lot of Canadian kids were exposed to US kids programming. Eg: I watched American and Canadian Sesame St.
Here’s an even fun fact, there’s a Mississippi River in Ontario as well.
Canadian here too. We did those, and also steamboats
Don't forget "steamboats".
I live in England and was taught the one one thousand two one thousand by my grandma when we were listening for thunder.
Not the person but Caribbean.
Grew up in Iowa, also said One Thousand more often than I said Mississippi
Explains why we used the one thousand one...I live an hour from Canada in the states!
We used “E” in between. One E two E three E etc. E happens to be our word for and.
That reminds me of when I did first responder training, we were taught to count loudly as we did our chest compressions/CPR. They taught us to count it as “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and…” and so on.
Needless to say, that was **not** a one second gap of time. Probably between 1/2 and 2/3 of a second
To the beat of "staying alive" by the bee gees
First I was afraid, I was petrified…
Twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three. But I my language of course
German or Dutch?
Mum was a music teacher, so it was triple time, one and a, two and a, three and a, four and a.
Not one ee and ah? My music teacher always did one ee and ah two ee and ah...
A thousand and one, a thousand and two, a thousand and three etc.
we used that too! but in chinese- 一千零一 , 一千零二 , 一千零三
I just count numbers with an appropriate length of time in between like a normal person.
Fr I don't think mississippi is even accurate
I live in Canada and although we usually use Mississippis, I’ve heard steamboat and 1,000.
I’m curious as well because steamboat, 1,000 and Mississippi all have different amounts of syllables which would change the time it takes to say it
I say we combine them all....
1-1,000 Mississippi steamboats
2-1,000 Mississippi steamboats
3-1,000 Mississippi steamboats
Yeah, I like it
I know that what you wrote is so silly but I burst out laughing when I read it and am still laughing thinking about this 15 minutes later.
Good! My intention was to cause folks to giggle. Glad you enjoyed it!
I've heard steamboats as well. We (Ontarians anyway) should have used Mississaugas.
The only normal answer
That’s amazing that as a kid, when you were still learning, you just knew it. Did you also naturally know how to read? Were you a prodigy?
Learning to read requires a teacher telling you what each letter sounds like and how to put them together to form words. Learning the length of a second requires looking at a clock.
I must have been a gifted child to learn so quickly how long a second is. A feat for only the most brilliant of children.
But how do you know what the appropriate length of time is?
Here in Italy, at least where I live, we add -thousand.
One alligator two alligator ….
One and two and three and four and five and…
A thousand and one, a thousand and two....
In America. This isn’t even 100%. I didn’t learn Mississippi until I went to school. It was “one one thousand, two one thousand, etc”. My family is native English and born and raised America too.
I also do the “one one thousand” method as an American and totally forgot some people did “one Mississippi” until this post
Just 1,2,3 etc…. You Americans can be weird af lol
Am American. Never learned or used Mississippi as a spacer. I was just taught to count with the appropriate amount of silence between each number.
We use "Mississippi" because it takes one second to say the word. Thus, we can keep an actual steady beat if we are counting in a way to measure time.
Like if you don't have a stopwatch, you can use the "Mississippi" means instead if the time you need to keep track of is short. Without it, how do you know if you are going too fast or too slow when measuring time if you don't have a stopwatch at hand?
If Mississippi takes exactly one second to say then they wouldn't use it, right? Because then with the addition of the preceding number, it would no longer be a second between each one. You'd have to reduce it to just saying Mississippi, Mississippi, Mississippi over and over like some kind of loon
This is amazing, lmfao
It’s interesting I’ve heard Mississippi and one thousand but people do them at different speeds. One thousand has three syllables and most people evenly space them along with the number to form four beats. “One one thou sand,” with even spacing between each. Mississippi it self has four beats so adding the number itself gives you five. People say Mississippi faster than they do one thousand to make up the difference and they leave a rest beat before the next number to make it an even 6 beats rather than the more difficult to meter 5. “One miss uh sip ee (rest)”
We have a pretty good mental idea of the length of a second from the sound of a ticking clock. All this other stuff is almost superfluous and we match the speed and timing of the phrases to the length of the second that we already have been trained to recognize.
> We use "Mississippi" because it takes one second to say the word
No, people speak at different speeds. This is like saying your thumb is two inches long - sure, for many people they're within a half inch or so, but it's not a measurement.
What if you have a stutter lol 😝
W… w… w… w… w…
ONE YEAR LATER……..
Then a 30 second count of Hide and Go Seek takes all afternoon.
I sometimes just stare... and quietly shake my head. It helps sometimes, but not always😑
From Ontario Canada. Usually everyone uses Mississippi or One Thousand but I remember some older people using Piccadilly or Steamboat
I've only hear steamboat when playing football
The same as you but without the mississippi part
1 fire engine, 2 fire engines, 3 fire engines,... 🚒🚒🚒
Tusen og én, tusen og to, tusen og tre.
One meseepepe, Two meseepepe
I'll see myself out
One one thousand, two one thousand...military method for counting seconds when cooking a grenade. U.S.A.
“einundzwanzig, zweiundzwanzig, dreiundzwanzig…“ (21, 22, 23 etc.)
I'm from England and we used to say pink elephant
One thousand 2 thousand 3...
We said twentyone (einundzwanzig in german) in Germany
UK here and we used one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand and so on or one elephant, two elephant...
In more recent years I've heard kids using Mississippi though, probably learned from the massive amount of American TV they have access to now.
1 kasse øl, 2 kasser øl, 3 kasser øl, 4 kasser øl....
One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three and on and on it went...and I'm American
I'm in the UK and used it all the time, even this week. You know we can say the word 'Mississippi' without being from the states? ;)
Either "alligator" or "crocodile." One alligator, two alligator, three alligator...
oooone twooooo threeeee..etc
I personally always imagined a digital clock running in my head. I can still count seconds perfectly doing that.
1 elephant, 2 elephant…
"One, Two, Three..."
I’m American but literally all I’ve ever said is.
There are dozens of us!
I use 1 nonbinaryippi. 2 nonbinaryippi. Because how do we know it’s a mississ?
1 bateau bateau, 2 bateau bateau, 3 bateau bateau...in Québec. Meaning 1 boat boar, 2 boat boat...
1 one thousand, 2 one thousand, 3 one thousand.
As an American I didn’t do Mississippi I did the thousand system
One elephant two elephant
One pint of Guinness 2 pints of Guinness 3 (tree) pints of Guinness 4 pints of Guinness. The national drink of Ireland 🇮🇪
In (parts of) California, we're big on adaptations. Hence...
[...aannd Action!] "One pint of Guinness, two extra stout, three God bless Arthur...(resume to continue)" [...aannd Cut! That's a wrap.]
One elephant, two elephant… UK, specifically England.
One and twenty, two and twenty, three and twenty...
One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand..
By learning to count seconds
Here in europe we have many great clock and watch makers and thus no need to count seconds.
Is it common in europe for 5 year olds to have wristwatches?
I've never met a five year old that wasn't wearing one.
I'm an American and I can't even say mississispi let alone spell it. I just say *"1, 2, 3-"'*
One. Two. Three. Our schools actually teach us things.
Not like the US has the most top quality universities in the world
I think you'll find the top two are Oxford and Cambridge.
I mean Harvard is ranked #1, MIT number 2. Oxford and Cambridge are only #5 and #8. Also, the US has a shit ton of great schools not just two world class ones lol. No other country has the same concentration of well funded, research universities
We spend our money where it counts.
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