Starting a counter in mediawiki without extension

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Say you want to count like this in mediawiki (not starting at 1):

    1. Three
    2. Four
    3. Five

The internet tells you it's not possible natively and that you need an extension. Here's an ugly hack to do it anyway! (keeping the # rather than going full HTML).

<div style="color:white;">
# <ol start=3><div style="color:black; position:relative; left:-50px;">
# Three
# Four
# Five</div></ol></div>

It's ugly and could break your document! Use with care under desperate circumstances! Here's an example with the multicol template:

which gives me a nicely-ordered, neatly-displayed list of my Mathematics's Wolverhampton lectures of Physics. Fourier Series are covered in Lecture 17!