## Germany is a digital country

I know this to be true because their floors start at zero.  I took the stairs to get to a customer because he was on the second floor.  Since it was only one floor I walked up. Well it turns out the second floor is the first floor.  If I wanted to be on the second floor I would have to go to the third floor.  Each floor is one floor above what it should be.  So whatever floor you want is one floor higher.  I figure this means there is no top floor because their must be another floor above it and, by definition, it would have to be the top floor.  This only works for infinietly tall building and they didn't look that tall.    Go figure!   It is my personnel belief that they do this just to piss me off.  It’s the same thing in England and India. They all also use metric. Maybe it is a psychiatric marker. I wonder what other characters flaws they all may have.   At least the Germans drive on the right side on the road. And of yeah, I never really “got” German high performance cars until I was in one going 240 kph down the highway  in a really sweet BMW.  That’s either 150 mph or 390 mph , I’m not sure which. I don’t do metric!

Thanks Axel, for a really great week!

The building where I work starts with -1 :) (and before you ask - the elevators then continues with 0,1...)

It's about defining where zero is, isn't it?
Ok! I admitt I'm German, and coming from the second floor or higher (or -1) I'd expect ground level at (nominal) zero.
Leaving an elevator at level 0 or earth level (E, Erde), when heading for the exit would therefore be my first choice.
Usually in electronic design the ground level is defined(!) as 0 and all measured values starting from here in either direction.
Unless for some "power applications" it's no absolute, but sufficiently stable choice for most calculations.

I'd like to take the Romans as proof for the theory, that "counting out" the zero is a concept without future.
So, there are only some courious leftovers of the Roman number system in place.
For the "real work" the greek (Greeks again ;-)) system with a 0 was much more handy, even for the Romans.
OK, a number system with endless adding and substracting, just to compose only one number wasn't ... straight enough as well.
However, we (Germans) are now used to the 0 (or E), when at street level.
Stepping out of the elevator at the 14th floor in Germany does mean, we are 14 levels above ground and not only 12 (Because someone started to count with 1 and left out the 13).

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