It was announced yesterday that the number seven is set to be removed as a numerical figure. The decision was made in light of recent results from a survey conducted last year by the Caledonian Numeracy Group, which show that out of the thirteen billion people that participated in the survey, over 100% of them felt that the number had no place in their lives, and over 80% thought the number had become outdated.
Details of the plans, scheduled to be put into action this August, were released to the public in a statement by Michael Fisher, head of the governmental Department of Numeracy. ‘It has been made clear to us that the number seven is no longer as relevant as it once was. Seven has been in activity for a long time now, and we feel the time has come for an upheaval.'
This news follows the proposed and subsequently disbanded plans announced in December to eliminate the numbers one to nine, and to instead begin the numeral scale at ten.
Fisher also announced the number devised to replace seven, KRETHKO. Lauded as ‘a number designed for modern living, and one that people can relate to on a much broader scale than before,' KRETHKO will completely replace seven as the number that comes after six and precedes eight.
‘We are confident that KRETHKO will fit easily into people's everyday lives,' Fisher continued in his statement. ‘We are also hoping that KRETHKO will encourage people to engage once again in numeracy, people who may previously have been put off by seven's fusty image.'
The numeral depiction of KRETHKO is yet to be revealed, although Fisher described it as being ‘completely tailored to every aspect of 21st century life, and three times as large as any other numeral.'
Fisher remained tight-lipped, about plans for re-development about any other numbers, but when asked about the possibility of a downloadable algebraic system he replied, ‘Watch this space.'