Talk:The Ultimate Alphabet

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THis page suffers (at least on my machine) from the floating category box error. When viewed in IE the category box appears on top of the text instead of below it. Hitting refresh usually cures the problem, but it recurs almost every time I revisit the page. This problem has been around for a couple of years now and I've posted several messages about it on the Village Pump, but nothing ever got done. Lee M 10:32, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

It's fine on my page, and I use IE also. Saccerzd 19:24, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


There are actually an infinite number of unlisted words in the Z painting. If you bear with me for a moment, I'll explain.

The Z painting illustrates what appears to be a shooting gallery, with pictures of animals and fish on a large screen, and numbers superimposed on or near the animals in little white circles. Attached to the zebra and the zebu is the number 0.

Now, 0 is one of two rational numbers (the other one being 1) that is its own square, its own cube, its own fourth power, and so on forever. It is therefore a square number, a cubic number, a quartic number, et cetera. Now, it so happens that a valid, although little-used, English synonym for "square", in the mathematical sense, is "zenzic"; you can verify this in the Oxford English Dictionary, or you can check out this site's own page on exponents. What is more, this can be used as a prefix to create other exponential terms; for instance, a number with a rational fourth root can be called a "zenzizenzic number" (the square of a square, you see); a number with a rational sixth root can be called "zenzicubic" (a square of a cube), one with a rational eighth root is "zenzizenzizenzic", and so on. In theory, there is no limit to the number of words one can construct this way - and they will all be valid English words, they will all begin with Z, and 0 will be an example of every single one of them. Q.E.D.

I'm not sure if we want to mention this in the article itself, but I just thought I'd put it out there. -Agur bar Jacé (talk) 21:11, 25 February 2008 (UTC)