If you’re a fan of the watch world and all things time related, here is a neat list of trivia compiled by the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC). The watch geeks here at BeckerTime found these tidbits to be quite interesting…ENJOY:
– “Fortnight” is a contraction of “fourteen nights.” In the United States “two weeks” is more commonly used.
– A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
– Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.
– England and the American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar on September 14th, 1752; 11 days disappeared.
– Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
– If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact.
– Light travels at the rate of 186,200 miles a second.
– The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582 AD and was adopted by Great Britain and the English colonies in 1752.
– The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline.
– There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
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