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I hear a lot in the media about people sentenced to go to jail especially for a number of years divisible by 10.

Does our numeral system affect it? If we used base 7 (so "10 years" will mean 7 years, "20 years" will mean 14 years and so on), would courts sentence the same?

  • Interesting question. Might be a stretch to consider this on-topic here. I suspect that the only objective answer might come from an analysis of much earlier systems of justice in cultures that were not so heavily base-10. Maybe the Babylonians? – feetwet Jul 30 '15 at 18:37
  • I love this question. However, you might get better answers in Cognitive Sciences – Pat W. Jul 30 '15 at 21:39
  • Vote to close, but +1 for an interesting question. – HDE 226868 Jul 30 '15 at 22:04
  • There might be something to this. A quick look through Hammurabi's Code shows an abundance of tens, but also a scattering of sixes, threes, twenties, and thirties, as you might expect from a base-60 counting system. – Mark Jul 31 '15 at 1:50