So, I read a bit more, and learned a new word: Zenzizenzizenzic. That’s what 256 is, among other things: 2 to the 8th power. Here’s a tidbit from the Wiki that left me giggling by the time I’d slogged through it:

“Zenzizenzizenzic is an obsolete form of mathematical notation representing the eighth power of a number (that is, the zenzizenzizenzic of a number x is the power x8), dating from a time when powers were written out in words rather than as superscript numbers. This term was suggested by Robert Recorde, a 16th-century Welsh writer of popular mathematics textbooks, in his 1557 work The Whetstone of Witte (although his spelling was zenzizenzizenzike); he wrote that it “doeth represent the square of squares squaredly.”

*“My Father’s Influence” is available, but I suspect it would break the rest of my lifetime’s budget.*