Igor Furlan
Two Roman friends head to a bar

After they find their seats, the waiter comes in to collect their order.


One of the friends asks for a jar of lime juice while the other asks for five pints of beer. After some time has passed, the waiter appears with a jar of lime juice and two pints of beer.


Why did this happen?

Apr 24, 2017 11:54 PM
Comments · 7

The waiter interprets their gestures, intended to be Roman numerals, as Arabic numerals.

Holding up one finger: Roman numeral 'I' becomes Arabic numeral '1'.  As a coincidence, the waiter gets this right since both mean 'one'.

Holding up two fingers makes a 'V' which is the Roman numeral for 'five'. The waiter gets this wrong, so to speak, because he understands it as 'two'.

April 25, 2017
He must have shown it by holding up two fingers.
April 25, 2017
@Katarina and @Saff have found the right answer. Congratulations!
April 25, 2017
I think because the restaurant had  ran out  of pints of beer since it could be late and time has passed.   
April 25, 2017
Could this have anything to do with some ancient roman measurement system? 
April 25, 2017
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