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Rubino: You're cordially invited to Roman Numeral Bacchanal

It was LVII years ago, but it seems like yesterday.

Elementary school. Grade IV. Nuns teaching Roman numerals. Teaching method was by rote, and we're not talking about Tobin Rote, the only quarterback who started on an NFL (MCMLVII) and AFL

(MCMLXIII) championship team. No, rote here means repetition, repetition, and more repetition.

Written and verbal. A kazillion times.

Or at least MMMCMXCIX times. Resistance is futile. You learn by rote, you never forget.

A smart aleck asks the nuns why bother learning Roman numerals? Why bother learning something that we'll never ever find useful?

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