Have you ever wondered how long it would take to sing “A million bottles of beer on the wall”? What number comes after a billion? How many zero’s are in a quadrillion? Well wonder no more, Beer 99 Bottles developed by Michael Lee will answer all these questions. This app, compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch, will sing “99 bottles of beer on the wall” starting with the number 1, all the way up to 1 vigintillion! Pick any number you like by using the slider or keypad, then press the “Sing” button to get the counting started.
The app has three main sections: “Singing”, “How Long Would It Take”, and “Numbers”. “Singing” is the section where you plug in the number of beer bottles. The interface has a slider graphic that will allow you to add or subtract bottles, though you can also tap the screen and use a numeric keypad. A handful of beer bottles are lined up on the bottom portion of the screen that can be broken by tapping. The functionality of the slider seems to work well. It’s easy and quick to scan the slider up and down for adding additional bottles, though if you need more accuracy the keypad comes in good use.
“How Long Would It Take” allows you to see the approximate time it would take to sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the wall with the number you have previously selected. For example, when entering 5 bottles it estimated 45 seconds, 500 bottles: 1 hr 26 minutes, 25 seconds, 5,000 bottles: 17 hrs 31 minutes and 22 seconds. This feature is pretty neat, as you can test your friends by setting a high number and having them guess how long they think it would take. It’s pretty impressive how fast the app calculates the math. The final section “Numbers” provides a list of large numbers in short nomenclature used in the US and the UK. This list has numbers that I’ve never even heard of before (or at least don’t remember learning about in school), numbers like duodecillion and septendecillion. These large numbers make your head spin!
Beer 99 Bottles is an app that could go over well with younger generations trying to learn large numbers. Keep your kids entertained on long road trips with numbers and exponents. The developer noted that there are NO references to drinking or pouring beer or alcohol so its a safe bet for kids. BUT if you find the 99 bottles of beer song just flat out annoying, this may not be the app for you, as it can get pretty repetitive. You may find yourself looking for the closest bar to kick back a few cold ones after listening to this app for extended periods of time.
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