Step 3: Chisenbop (formerly "Kabukistar Method I")

Chisenbop was called "Kabukistar Method I" on here, until I was informed that it's already called Chisenbop, so I changed it accordingly.
This one is my favourite method, and the one I use in every-day life.

Range: 0 through 99
Pros: Easy to do, easy to tell where you're at by looking at your hands, and easy to directly input a larger number.
Cons: Only 99, but that's still pretty good for most uses.

Ok, the basic idea for this one is that you use your left hand to count the numbers in the "ones" column of the number, and use your right hand to count the "tens" column of the number. So, on your left hand, you can count from 0-9, and on your right hand, you count from 0-90 (in tens).

Alright, to start use your non-thumb fingers on your left hand to count from 1 to 4. To hit 5, put your left thumb up, and all the other fingers down, then, you can use the non-thumb fingers again, to fount from 6 to 9.

On your right hand, each finger is worth 10X what is is on your left hand, so, to reach 10, you just put a finger up on your right hand then use your left hand in the same manor, to count up to 19, at which point you put another finger up on your right hand, for 20.
You can keep doing this until you have all your fingers up, worth 9 on your left hand and 90 on your right hang, totally 99.
Kabukistar Method I is the same as Chisenbop.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisenbop">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisenbop</a><br/><br/>I seem to recall seeing television ads for this method in the '70s.<br/>
It's known as Chisenbop, but what you're describing is Finger Math. It was popularized by a math professor (?) in the 70's, releasing a book and a television show. I read the book, and it's pretty cool, you are able to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division just by tapping your fingers as long as the answer is less than 99 (and you can also use a mnemon, like biting your tongue or tapping your feet to add up to 199, 299, and so on). I wrote a paper on it from a computer science point of view (never published, unfortunately).<br />
<p>No, what they are describing IS Chisenbop, which DID have a series of commercials during the 70s.</p>
Hmmm... I read the entry in Wikipedia, and that does look alot like the method I describe. I'll change the instructable to call it Chisenbop
OH YAAA!?!?!?! WELL, I CAN COUNT TO 21,,,,, EXCEPT IN COLD WEATHER,,, THEN IT IS 20 AND A HALF... SO THERE.... I think i will stick to keeping texas instruments in business a little longer. Less chance of looking like a huge Naruto fan... good info, thanks
iam smarter then all u people i can count in my head
Ninety percent of these people are smarter then you, they can spell AND use proper grammar!
who wants a cookie...YOU!?!?! NO, you get a backhand..*swappp*
Who can't?
Theres numbers after 10? Where have I been. <sup>oh yeah on instructable all day</sup><br/>
I like to use my toes.
i use bananas
what the heck
i can count over 10 on one hand without using binary..
I have an easier method that I sometimes use that lets you count to 100. I like it because it's a good mid-point between the normal 10 and the binary 1000, but is barely more difficutl than counting normally.<br/><br/>Letting T=thumb, I=index, M=middle, R=ring and P=pinky finger, you count to 9 on your first hand with the sequence<br/><br/>1=T<br/>2=TI<br/>3=TIM<br/>4=TIMR<br/>5=TIMRP<br/>6=IMRP<br/>7=MRP<br/>8=RP<br/>9=P<br/><br/>then raise the thumb on yoru second hand to represent 10, and continue. Each addition of 1 only involves changing one finger except breaking a new ten, which changes two, and the method is very logical and easy to learn. It's very easy to visualise because your left hand can be the 10s place and your right hand the units like a normal two-digit number.<br/>
I found a much simpler way to count, do it in your head.
good point
I dont get it but I can count higher then 10 im not dumb
I like binary, but with the smallest finger as the 1, the next as 2, the swear finger as 4, the index as 8 and thumb as 16. I've been doing it that way pre-Internet when I programmed an old Commodore 64.
I use Chisenbop with an addition.<br/>Use your wrists as binary 100's. L=100. R=200. L+R=300.<br/>
Very nice, some nice methods - some simpler than others. Personally, I use the binary method. A point to improve on - the hands in the pictures are how other people look at them when you show them your palms (thumbs in the center), rather than how it looks when you are looking at your own palm (pinkies in the center). It would be easier for people to learn from the pictures if they are looking at what the would see in real life. Thanks for the nice instructable :) .
Here you go: another <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/ER0B8NPT12EQHO9BT6/">numbering scheme</a>.<br/>
Neat! A helpful tutorial; I like the options. We used a slightly different method for numbering our mice by toe-clipping. I'll try to put up an instructable on this one tomorrow and will link to yours.
Although probably not as effective as some you posted, there is another method of counting used by the Chinese. My dad showed it to me a few times although I've never picked it up. Looks kind of like using sign language to convey numbers. I hear it's really useful if you're in a foreign country near/around Asia and are trying to buy something. You can use your hands to bargain with a merchant even if you don't speak the language. If I find out how, expect to see another instructable on finger counting.
ahhhh. lol a simple google search did it xD. You can count to 18 on 2 fingers and it looks like how you would write them in Chinese. I'll have to learn your way and this way i guess then. And, as inefficient as the Chinese way is, it's known pretty much everywhere in that region so it's good for haggling moreso than personal counting.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.stabi.hs-bremerhaven.de/dss/Zahl.html">http://www.stabi.hs-bremerhaven.de/dss/Zahl.html</a><br/>
an easy way to count to ten on one hand (twenty on both) is by raising a finger for each number 1-5 (starting with the thumb) and then bending a finger down half way (starting with the thumb) for 6-10. Then if you want to count to fifteen on each hand (30 on both), start dropping the fingers down all the way (starting with the thumb). If you count above 10, when you're done you'll know you're in the 11-15 range because your lower fingers will be down while the higher fingers will be down half way.
This is sweet. Oh, the power of fingers...
Briljant !!! this is so funny and so simple , but you have been thinking about it :p never tought i could count more than 10 on my fingers xD

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