0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are the ten numbers that make up every other number! Five is the fifth number in the numeral system. It is a prime number and, on a chart from 1-10, represents the middle or median. Human beings have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot. The Roman symbol for five was “V” which most likely originated from the image of a hand with all five fingers spread out. Human beings also have five senses—sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Many other creatures share these same five senses.
“Penta” means five. A pentagon is a figure with five sides and five angles and pentathlon is an athletics contest with five events. Pentagram, pentangle and pentacle are all names for a five-pointed star. Such stars were once regarded as mystical symbols that were supposed to keep devils and witches away.
Five is a symbolic number in many sports events. The Olympic flag has five rings—red, yellow, green, blue and black—that represents a color from every flag in the world. Five balls are thrown per team in bocce and basketball is performed with teams of five players.
Below are five facts about the number 5: