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100: A common number


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. They have explicitly asked to be placed to the right of 1, and also whether they might be allowed to have two dots, a dash and a bow, like a nice little face to taste whats going on. This however they were not permitted to have.

(The articles at The Other Newspaper are fictitious. The purpose of The Other Newspaper is to give the public a new, disturbing and humorous reflection of the way we consume news on traditional media and posts on the social media that make the recipient question whether the world needs to change and whether one can live online.)