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1s UPON A TIME

By Richard Kerr

Copyright 2011 Richard Kerr

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1s UPON A TIME



It must have started somewhere. Where, we don’t know. We reckon it was in Africa. When? It was at least 60,000 years ago, maybe more. Very likely it was during and ice age - though Africa was nowhere near the ice. All we know is that it began at a time when life was hard, brutal and short. Whenever, wherever it was, some prehistoric human took a flat piece of bone in one hand. Then they took up a hard, sharp object in their other hand. They looked at something. And then, (this is a big AND THEN), made a scratch in the bone to remember that something by. They started counting. That scratch today we call a 1.

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