Time #JusJoJan

Today’s Just Jot It January prompt comes to us from JoAnna over at Anything Is Possible!, although I know she has a new blog or two. To quote Groucho Marx, today’s secret woid is TIME.

Thing is, though, I wrote about time last Saturday. And a few months before that. And at the end of my very first A to Z Challenge. I’ve talked about time a lot here on the blog.

Basically, there’s no such thing as time. Only length. One trip around the Sun is a year, One spin on the Earth’s axis is a day, and the number of spins around the axis in one full trip around the Sun is the number of days in a year. We decided that there were sixty seconds in a minute, and sixty minutes in an hour, because sixty was a lucky number in some ancient civilization (the Sumerians or the Phoenicians, I think). I think it was the Sumerians, I’m not sure. There are 360° in a circle, and 3600 seconds in an hour, so each second is 0.1° around the circumference of the earth.

And at that point, my math breaks down. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

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Author: John Holton

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13 thoughts on “Time #JusJoJan”

    1. Happy New Year to you, too! It kind of throws the concept of time travel out the window, doesn’t it? I remember when I had one of my cats put down, the doctor said that animals only know about right now, and he just thought he was going to sleep. They aren’t worried about what’s going to happen after they’re gone and don’t worry about what happened ten years ago. We might all learn something from that.

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    1. That happens more frequently than you think. And sometimes they subtract a second. The cesium clocks are very steady, the rotation of the planet isn’t, nor is the revolution around the sun. Someone actually sits there and figures that out…

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