Interesting about hours and time
We are used to seeing clocks everywhere, in every room, on the streets, towers, train stations, public places. Hours meet so often that we can not imagine our life without them. However, if you look back, we will see that the mechanical clock in the Middle Ages produced the same effect on humans as mobile telephony in our time. Paying tribute to this useful and very important invention, we present interesting facts about hours and time.
1. The first alarm clock rang only at 4 am. The first alarm clock, which was invented by Levi Hutchins in 1787, was made just to call at 4 am.

2. Why do watches use quartz? Quartz is a natural beautiful stone that has electromagnetic properties. Quartz has the ability to emit pulses every second under the influence of electric current. These pulses with an interval of 1 second allow manufacturers to create clocks that accurately determine the time.

3. Pendulum clock. The pendulums were used in ancient times to power saws, pumps, furs, but for watch movements began to be used in 1656, the construction of such a mechanism is attributed to Christian Huygens.

4. The first water clock. The first mention of the water clock is found more than 4000 years BC, these water clocks were used in China. This watch used the force of a water drop to set the gears and levers in motion.

5. In 1797, in the UK, watches were a luxury item and their owner was additionally taxed, which greatly reduced the number of people using the watches.

6. The phrase " works like a clock " used to be used literally, because watch manufacturers did their fine work so well that it was a sign of quality. Today this phrase is used to everything that works smoothly.

7. Nowadays there is such a strange invention as a flying alarm clock. At the time of operation, it takes off. In order to disable it, you must first catch it and bring it to the base. When you do this, you will definitely not sleep, and your neighbors, too, because the alarm beeps to 95 dB.

8. If you are going to transfer the time on the clock with the cuckoo, then never touch the hour hand. Rotate only the minute hand, it is of course long, but it does not break the work of the clockwork and it will serve you for a long time.

9. In Europe, clocks were very often used to attract people to prayer at a particular time. Therefore, much earlier, clocks appeared on monasteries and churches, and not in the homes of parishioners.


10. In the casino you will not find hours. In the premises of gambling establishments they are not installed, and the waiters do not wear them on the wrist. And by the way, you will not see the windows there either. This is a tricky casino trick aimed at ensuring that the client could not control time. There are cases when customers stayed in the casino for several days.

11. There are clocks that move counterclockwise.

12. The error of atomic clocks is 1 second in 6 million years.

13. The direction of the hour hand is determined by the direction of movement of the shadow on the sundial.

14. The designations AM (before noon - before noon) and PM (after noon - after noon) are used only in the USA. All over the world abandoned them because of the confusion that may arise in connection with the use of these concepts.

15. Writer James Joyce (author of Ulysses) wore five watches. They were set at different times.

16. The first commercial in the United States advertised Buloh watch. They just ticked for 60 seconds.

17. From the 1920s to the 20th century, the Olympic Games were measured at the Tag Heuer Swiss watches. Since 1969, they began to be used in Formula 1 races.

18. The moment in the Middle Ages was 60 seconds.

19. Sacred holidays for Hindus begin at sunrise, for Jews, sacred holidays begin at sunset. Christians, on the other hand, begin to celebrate their holy feasts at midnight.

20. In China, a single time for all time zones. Beijing time was set for the whole country by order of the Great Pilot. Because with this, sunsets in Tibet happen at midnight.

21. Everyone knows that Japan is the land of the rising sun, because dawn comes to Japan earlier than all over the world. However, few people know that morning GMT is 1 hour earlier in Vladivostok than in Tokyo.


22. To travel from Ratmanov Island (Russia) to Kruzenshtern Island (USA), you can do it by motorboat, because the distance between them is only 4 kilometers and it can be overcome in a quarter of an hour. But the time between the islands is 21 hours GMT.

23. In the 17th century, on the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower, the clock moved at the dial, not the hand. (There was only one arrow at that time.)

24. When you see the advertising of the watch, you see, as a rule, the same time 10.10 or 8.20. This is done so that you can clearly see the brand. Moreover, time 10.10 resembles a smiley, a smile, and this has a positive effect on the customer's perception.


25. The most expensive watch in the world is Chopard worth $ 25 million. This is a unique jewelry with diamonds .. The weight of all the stones on the bracelet is a little over two hundred carats.

26. Every year more than one billion hours are produced in the world. Sixty percent of production is concentrated in Japan.

27. Many people believe that the name of the Swiss watch "Swatch" is an abbreviation of "Swiss watch" ("Swiss watch"). But according to one of the founders of the company, George Hayek, this is not so. The name was born from the phrase "Second Hour" ("Second Hours"). That is, affordable and necessary accessory for every day.

28. Since 1974, Tissot has been considered the official "timekeeper" and partner of all major competitions.


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

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

31. One second is 9192631770 oscillations of the radiation of the cesium atom 133.

32. On the dials with Roman numerals, the fourth hour is almost always designated as IIII and almost never uses IV.

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