The Worldwide System
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The ancient Egyptians used their
digits to count almost everything in tens. They used a solar calendar
with 36 ten-day weeks or twelve 30-day months plus five dog days and,
later on, a leap day at the end of the fourth year.
They divided daylight into ten hours and then added another two
for twilight and twelve hours for night, which varied with
They also found that there are approximately
100,000 heartbeats in a day. Instead of dividing the day in the decimal
way, Greek astronomers used
24 equal hours then divided these, in
the Babylonian hexadecimal way,
into 60 firsts and 60 seconds,
which they could not measure accurately. This system was used in
mechanical clocks until the French Revolution when digital calendars and
decimal clocks were adopted, then abandoned.
Decimal time divides the mean solar day into ten
centidays or cens
thousand millidays or
One fixed atomic tik is almost the same as
one variable cosmic microday.
Time zones divide our human race
with unnecessary, imaginary barriers. There are twenty-four sea-time
zones and some forty land-time zones.
There should be no divisive time
zones, nor daylight saving measures, because the age, date and time
should be the same everywhere on Earth.
We do not need clocks
and laws to tell us when we should start and stop work because the sun
provides us with natural daylight, which is free.
Working in daylight would help to save a great deal of expensive
We no longer use
sundials so the hands on clocks or watches no longer need to point
upwards at midday, and many of us prefer digital ones. International communications make it imperative to use the same time.
This has been realised by some internet surfers who use decimal watches
displaying 1000 millidays as an
alternative to 24 hours and 60 minutes.