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100: A common number

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Professor of numbers Ingvar Three collects himself after the piddle behind the tree and turns to gaze at the peartree in the middle of the field, which isn’t there.

Zero peartrees. Mark the plural ending and the beautiful branches.

Three continues his count of things that are there zero or one time.

One stone. One.

The professor indicates one of the numerous remains from the Ice age that are strewn around in the landscape, where we walk.

And now, as we continue, the stone disappears. Out of sight out of stone. One becomes zero.

The professor walks back to the stone.

It weighs exactly the same as you and I, if you throw away the biscuit you are carrying in your coat pocket.

The employee from Den Anden Avis (The Other Newspaper) nods in approval and takes out the biscuit to throw it in to the hedgerow. Quickly the professor grabs the biscuit and eats it and hides behind a tree. He speaks with a slightly altered voice.

100 is a very impressive number, because it begins with 1 swiftly followed by two nulls. Note that these nulls asked for permission first.


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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.