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Old 09-11-2019, 03:51 PM
begbert2 is offline
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Originally Posted by Saintly Loser View Post
I'm sorry, that's not a dumb question. Not being a mathematician, I wouldn't be surprised if there are contexts in which zero is even, contexts in which it is odd, and contexts in which it's neither. It's just nothing.
Being a pedant, I'll note that there are contexts where zero definitely isn't nothing. And contexts where it is. And contexts where 0 is 0 and -1 is, essentially, nothing.

But seriously, zero will never be odd. It will either be even, or a placeholder for a special situation where it's not intended to be interpreted as a number at all. (Like when it means 'nothing'.)