Try to solve this puzzle:
The first expedition to Mars found only the ruins of a civilization. From the artifacts and pictures, the explorers deduced that the creatures who produced this civilization were four-legged beings with a tentatcle that branched out at the end with a number of grasping "fingers". After much study, the explorers were able to translate Martian mathematics. They found the following equation: $$5x^2 - 50x + 125 = 0$$ with the indicated solutions $x=5$ and $x=8$. The value $x=5$ seemed legitimate enough, but $x=8$ required some explanation. Then the explorers reflected on the way in which Earth's number system developed, and found evidence that the Martian system had a similar history. How many fingers would you say the Martians had?
P.S. This is not a home work. It's a question asked in an interview.