Roman numerals really need to die.

Quick test:
a) 1999

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Not only do the letters suck, they even have multiple meanings based on position, making them even more complex to parse/understand. How many movies have you watched where you said, “gosh, I’d love to know what year that was made.” And then you desperately tried to translate the string of Ms and Xes as it raced towards the top of the screen? Why the heck do movies use Roman numerals? When were movies invented again?????

Problem: kids won’t know what the heck that XVI means in Pope Benedict XVI. Is that his last name, but caps lock was left on accidentally? An abbreviation? Is it like MC Hammer?


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