Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand,

He'd also have

12 toes or so the theory goes. Well, with twelve

Digits, I mean

Fingers, he probably would have invented two more

Digits when he

Invented his number system. Then, if he saved the zero

For the end,

He could count and multiply by twelve just as easily as

You and I do

By ten.

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand,

He'd probably

Count: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,

Nine, dek, el,

Doh. "Dek" and "el" being two entirely new signs

Meaning ten and

Eleven. Single digits! And his twelve, "doh", would be

Written 1-0.

Get it? That'd be swell, for multiplying by 12.

Hey little twelvetoes, I hope you're well.

Must be some far-flung planet where you dwell.

If we were together, you could be my cousin,

Down here we call it a dozen.

Hey little twelvetoes, please come back home.

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand,

His children

Would have 'em too. And when they played hide-and-go-

Seek they'd

Count by sixes fast. And when they studied piano,

They'd do their

Six-finger exercises. And when they went to school,

They'd learn the

Golden rule, and how to multiply by twelve easy: just

Put down a

Zero. But me, I have to learn it the hard way.

Lemme see now:

One times 12 is twelve, two times 12 is 24.

Three times 12 is 36, four times 12 is 48, five times

12 is 60.

Six times 12 is 72, seven times 12 is 84.

Eight times 12 is 96, nine times 12 is 108, ten times

12 is 120.

Eleven times 12 is 132, and 12 times 12 is 144. Wow!

Hey little twelvetoes, I hope you're thriving.

Some of us ten-toed folks are still surviving.

If you help me with my twelves, I'll help you with your

Tens.

And we could all be friends.

Little twelvetoes, please come back home.