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Wed, 27 Feb 2002 17:47:13 -0500
A 17:36 2002-02-27 -0500, John Cowan a écrit :
>Alain LaBonté wrote:
>>[Alain] What about phone numbers, postal codes, street numbers, to quote
>>but the most obvious meaningful identifiers?
>I'm confused. Do you mean "meaningless identifiers"? They look
>meaningless to me.
[Alain] I was intentionally kidding...
> House numbers in North America (and in France
>also, it seems)
[Alain] In Québec too... (;
> have a few bits of meaning: the least-significant
>(numeric) bit tells you which side of the street the house is on,
>and it's often the case that you can deduce the cross street
>from the house number.
[Alain] Not in Japan, of course, though...
> Similarly with the others.
>Just how old are house numbers, anyway? Not the *concept* of
>numbering houses (which seems to be 18th century), but actual unaltered
>house numbers? Anyone know?
[Alain] There are books published in Paris with street numbers much before
this, I believe...
>ObFact: the "4711" on bottles of cologne (the real stuff) is a
>house number in Koeln, as established by the Napoleonic occupiers.