A man went to a tattooist and requested a tally mark on his back
Every couple of weeks, the same customer came in, always requesting the same tattoo: an additional tally mark on an ever-growing cluster of tally marks. One day, the tattooist decides to ask: "What are you counting?"
The man says: "The number of tattoos i've gotten"
A burly man walks into a tattoo parlor and asks for another tally mark tattoo
The tattoo artist, a bit worried, asks what all the growing number of tally marks is keeping a record of. The burly man gruffs:
"The number of tattoos I've gotten"
Back in 1996, Afghanistan was very different.
You see, the only numerical system that Afghanistan used was the tally mark system. That meant that Afghans only counted things in tally marks. This was quite problematic because many people didn't know how to use tally marks correctly. Many mistakes were made and there was generally a lot of confus...