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Monday, October 22, 2012

It's About Time - A Cranky re-run

It's About Time

Peoples of the world communicate in hundreds of different languages. There are multiple systems for determining weights and measures. Hundreds of religions worship God or Gods in hundreds of ways. With all the different races, creeds and cultures in this world, how did everyone manage to decide on one way to keep time?
OK, a year is a given. One lap around the sun; it makes sense. A month makes sense; a lunar lap around the earth.
Where does the hour come from? Why 24 hours a day, 60 minutes to an hour, 60 seconds to a minute? Why not 100 seconds to a minute, 100 minutes to an hour, and 10 hours to a day. Come on, you could stretch a second to make it work. While you’re at it, why not stretch that second enough to make it 365 days to a year every year, and 30 days to every month. This would end the confusing February 29th thing, and eliminate the need for that stupid “30 days….” poem.
Come on guys, this isn’t rocket science!


  1. Not about time, but about "Come on guys, this isn’t rocket science!" My husband, as president of our condo association, sent a VERY clearly worded notice regarding a change in the monthly assessment to the owners. The following month, everybody but one man got the payment right. I said to my husband that his letter was easy to understand--that it wasn't exactly rocket science. He laughed & said that was what was so funny--the guy WAS a rocket scientist!

  2. I never could remember the lines to that dumb poem. And I never know how many days are in a month. Maybe I'M the dumb.

  3. So, since we have to endure this election crap every leap year, and since your plan would have NO leap years, then that would mean....I LIKE IT! I'm in! ;)


  4. I'm guessing there might be an issue with trying to alter already established systems. For example, metric vs imperial measurements. ;-)

  5. I've given this one much thought. If I ruled the world each year would have thirteen months of 28 days. That's 364 days. The extra day would be a party day at the end of the year and every fourth year we'd have two party days. Four weeks of seven in each month. Every Saturday would either be the 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th. People who are freaked out by the number thirteen, as in Friday the 13th, etc. would hate it.

    It will never happen. Since it makes almost as much sense as the metric system.

  6. Like that 100 seconds idea.
    Should we put it to vote?

  7. I think we should go the other way and make every hour a different day, making it 8760 days a year. That way we could have 8,500 days off!

  8. This seems suspiciously like math.

    I'm breaking out in hives so I'm not even going to attempt this - ha!

  9. When Oz went metric (back in the 60's) one radio talk show host suggested that people should head down to their local post office to get their pre-glued paper metric clock faces to stick onto the clocks in their homes. The lines at the post offices were extra long that day...where's the rocket scientists when you need 'em....:):)

  10. I've always wondered about who made these things up?!! We should all start a petition!!!