Fun Facts About Time

Time is the most valuable resource in a person’s life because there is no way to get it back. Time helps us better navigate our lives, and the main bearer of time is the clock. Here are some fun facts about time and clocks.

Fun time facts:

The first fun facts about time: the time zone system did not appear until the 19th century, thanks to rail transport. The fact is that until then, everyone determined the time by the sun, and due to the lack of high-speed transport there was no need for time zones. But with the advent of rail transport, this measure became simply necessary, as it became difficult to make a schedule in the cities.

Today, the word “Moment” means instantaneous, but originally it was an old English measure of time, equal to 1.5 minutes.

At different stages of the development of civilization mankind used solar, stellar, water, fire, sand, wheel, mechanical, electric, electronic, and atomic clocks.

All clocks go from left to right (clockwise). It is so because the shadow of a sundial follows the same exact path.


The most accurate clocks in the world are atomic clocks. The maximum error of the atomic clock is no more than 1 second per million years. The clock was invented at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They calculate time using the vibrations of cesium atoms.

Levi Hutchens invented the first alarm clock in 1787 and each one rang at the same time – 4 a.m. It was actually invented to wake at 4 a.m.

Only the United States has a 12-hour time gradation, i.e., they distinguish between the time before noon (AM) and the time after noon (PM). The rest of the world has abandoned this and uses a 24-hour gradation so that there is no confusion.

Nowadays there is such an outlandish invention as the flying alarm clock. At the moment it goes off, it takes off. In order to turn it off, you must first catch it and bring it to the base. When you do this, you will definitely not sleep and neither will your neighbors because the alarm clock emits a sound signal of 95 dB.

In Europe, clocks were very often used to draw people to prayer at a particular time. Therefore, much earlier, clocks appeared in monasteries and churches, not in parishioners’ homes.

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You won’t find clocks in casinos. They are not installed on the premises of gambling establishments, and waiters do not wear them on their wrists. And by the way, you won’t see any windows there either. This is a clever trick of the casino, aimed at preventing the client from being able to control the time. There are known cases when customers were delayed in the casino for several days.


The first commercial in the U.S. advertised a Bulova clock. It simply ticked for 60 seconds.

Hindus’ sacred holidays begin at sunrise, Jews’ sacred holidays begin at sunset. Christians, on the other hand, begin their sacred holidays at midnight.

Everyone knows that Japan is a country of the rising sun, because dawn in Japan comes earlier than in the rest of the world. However, few people know that Greenwich morning comes 1 hour earlier in Vladivostok than in Tokyo.

In the 17th century, the clock on the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin had a moving dial, not a hand; there was only one hand at the time.

Over one billion watches are produced around the world each year. Sixty percent of production is concentrated in Japan.

If you take a ticking wristwatch in your mouth and plug your ears tightly with your hands, instead of the quiet, monotonous ticking you hear strong, heavy beats.

Big Ben is not the name of the tower, but of the 13-ton bell that rings inside.

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Last fun facts about time: On dials with Roman numerals, the fourth hour is almost always designated as IIII and almost never uses IV.