A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 29

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Our good friends at Google run a daily puzzle challenge and asked us to help get them out to the geeky masses. Each day’s puzzle will task your googling skills a little more, leading you to Google mastery. Each morning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time you’ll see a new puzzle, and the previous day’s answer (in invisitext) posted here.

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SPOILER WARNING:
We leave the comments on so people can work together to find the answer. As such, if you want to figure it out all by yourself, DON’T READ THE COMMENTS!

Also, with the knowledge that because others may publish their answers before you do, if you want to be able to search for information without accidentally seeing the answer somewhere, you can use the Google-a-Day site’s search tool, which will automatically filter out published answers, to give you a spoiler-free experience.

And now, without further ado, we give you…

TODAY’S PUZZLE:

The ancient Romans didn’t know me, but the Mayans did. What numeral am I?

YESTERDAY’S ANSWER (mouseover to see):

Search [electoral tie 1801] to find that a tie for president between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was broken by a vote in Congress. Jefferson was declared president and Burr became vice president. Search [12th Amendment] to learn that it requires the Electoral College to vote separately for the president and VP. So Aaron Burr would not have automatically become VP.

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