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Photo: hansen.matthew.d (Shutterstock) I know I’m not the only one who learned to count “one Mississippi, two Mississippi” as a kid. The idea, of course, is that when you insert those words between your numbers, the pace of your counting will roughly match the seconds on a clock. But Mississippi can’t be universal around the world, can it? A redditor asked how people count seconds in places other than the U.S., and the answers are fascinating . Mississippi is used outside the U.S., though, possibly because the word has made it into enough TV shows that it sounds familiar. One Australian recalls that they learned to count in Mississippis long before learning that the word refers to a real-life place. A Hungarian said something similar, that it’s not uncommon to hear “egy Mississippi, két Mississippi…” in their country. And a Canadian notes that not only did they grow up counting in Mississippis, the locally-sourced alternative was not appreciated: “I do recall one kid used Mississauga, but we laughed at him.” But the world is a big place, and there are other words used for counting slowly around the world—although several redditors said they were unfamiliar with the concept, so this isn’t universal. Here are some of the more fascinating answers: One elephant… Multisyllabic animals seem to be popular. A British redditor counts “one elephant…” and several Australians recalled learning “one cattle dog…” Other animals used around the English-speaking world include hippopotamus and alligator. In South Africa, you can count […]