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(BBC)   Aww crap, we're not gonna have to switch to metric time now are we?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Atomic Clock, optical lattices, International System of Units, Paris Observatory, microwaves, metric time  
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2013-07-10 11:22:59 AM  
7 votes:
As a proud American, I use only Mississippis to count time.
2013-07-10 10:23:20 AM  
5 votes:
Does anybody really know what time it is?
2013-07-10 11:28:00 AM  
4 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.
2013-07-10 11:24:49 AM  
4 votes:
2013-07-10 11:45:36 AM  
3 votes:

Teaser: [ image 700x662]

Actually for temperature, Fahrenheit is more precise. 180 units of measurement between freezing and boiling point, instead of 100. That really helps when I need to know if I should wear a sweater or not.
2013-07-10 11:22:59 AM  
3 votes:
The illusion of Time is the devil's second greatest trick.

Until you don't pick up your wife on time.
2013-07-10 11:22:42 AM  
3 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Twenty-five (or six) to four.
2013-07-10 09:48:15 AM  
3 votes:
I say we go with The Time Cube.
2013-07-10 10:43:57 AM  
2 votes:
2013-07-10 04:08:54 PM  
1 vote:
You don't all ready use metric time? Well how do you expect to make the Kessel run in just 12 parsecs then?

Remember in metric time there 1.13 regular seconds to 1 metric second 15 centons and .000178 parsecs.
2013-07-10 02:27:51 PM  
1 vote:

Hollie Maea: MugzyBrown: Also MPH is better than KPH for driving.

0 stopped, 100 pretty darn fast

So MPH & F > KPH & C

You drive 100 kph far more than 100 mph. 100 kph = common freeway speed. 100 mph = illegal pretty much everywhere.

I had my speedo-meter set to Knots. I get there faster
2013-07-10 01:34:02 PM  
1 vote:

Silly_Sot: Saiga410: So when do we institute the metric week?

The French already tried it, then they decided it would be more fun to cut off heads as public entertainment. Finally, they decided that conquering Europe would be even more fun. Moral: Don't dick with "metric time", it makes you into a total shiathead.

No, it's that they found out they could cut off more heads in a twenty-four hour day.  2 hour lunches are too long in a 10 hour day
2013-07-10 01:19:14 PM  
1 vote:

SovietCanuckistan: Metric is the shiz.

Except for measuring human height.

It's easy to picture, say 6 units. That guy is 6 feet tall.
Tougher in metric units. That guy is 183 cms tall.

When I try to impress people I ususally switch to the metric system.  Oh ya baby all 75mm.
2013-07-10 12:51:07 PM  
1 vote:
2013-07-10 12:24:03 PM  
1 vote:
Wait... I know, I I'll buy a metric clock that GOES TO ELEVEN!

/It's one more
2013-07-10 12:07:19 PM  
1 vote:
In the US, we won't switch to metric time.  Referencing the precedent of metric length, we'll teach it in all of the schools but use some half-assed hybrid.
What we ended up with is items measured in feet and inches, but fractions of inches are metric.  So you'll have a clock with 12 hours and 60 minutes, but the second hand will tick 100 times per minute.  Unless you like precision timing, in which case it will  tick 10,000 times per minute, in a measurement engineers will inexplicably call "tenths" rather "ten-thousandths"
Also, since you need 2 sets of wrenches to fix anything, I'm guessing you'll now need 2 watches and 2 wall clocks for every room.
2013-07-10 12:06:39 PM  
1 vote:

Nana's Vibrator: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?

Damn... that took a while
2013-07-10 11:51:55 AM  
1 vote:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

It's five o'clock somewhere.
2013-07-10 11:43:31 AM  
1 vote:
2013-07-10 11:42:01 AM  
1 vote:
2013-07-10 11:38:46 AM  
1 vote:
A time thread, and no Doctor Who references?

(Also came for Chicago and Spin Doctors... leaving 2/3 satisfied.)
2013-07-10 11:35:05 AM  
1 vote:
"For instance, if you have your wristwatch, and one day you are one second late, and one day one second early, then your clock is not stable. But it could still have good accuracy if over a million days the time is correct," Dr Lodewyck explained.

My watch syncs with the atomic time service in Denver. I farking love it... It's also solar, which is nice.
2013-07-10 11:32:15 AM  
1 vote:
America switched to the metric system in the mid 70s. At least that's what my teacher told me in the late 60s.
2013-07-10 11:31:01 AM  
1 vote:
"What time is it?"

"12:80. No wait. Wait ... What comes after 12?"


"No, after 12!"
2013-07-10 11:10:50 AM  
1 vote:
The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I don't think they tested that under real time conditions.  I think they're guessing.
2013-07-10 11:04:12 AM  
1 vote:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Bo knows
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