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25th Feb '16 2:10:53 PM phantomreader42
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*** Which is understandable since most of those viewpoint characters are from a backwater village in the middle of nowhere, two of them have memories of people who died a long time ago, one has a mental link to animals, and others are from cultures that probably have an entirely different calendar.



* The planet in "Time and Again" used rotations, intervals, and fractions. And Hindu-Arabic numerals.

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* ** The planet in "Time and Again" used rotations, intervals, and fractions. And Hindu-Arabic numerals.




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** A recently de-assimilated Seven Of Nine once [[NoSocialSkills attempted to participate in a conversation]] regarding children by remarking that "[[WouldHurtAChild Children]] [[HiveMind assimilated by the Borg]] are placed in maturation chambers for seven cycles". [[EpicFail That went over about as well as could be expected]]. The exact length of the "cycles" she mentioned was not stated, and considering the nature of the Borg could be anywhere from seconds to years (though probably closer to the latter).



** [[TruthInTelevision Some calendar systems actually do have "extra days" that are considered outside the normal months or year]]. Depending on the culture, they may be considered especially lucky or unlucky.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'', the characters said things like "In a nano" or "Gimme a nano." Nano as nanosecond. The characters living in a computer, this actually makes sense.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'', the characters said things like "In a nano" or "Gimme a nano." Nano as nanosecond. The characters living in a computer, [[JustifiedTrope this actually makes sense.
sense]].
17th Jan '16 4:54:15 PM nombretomado
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* The Slylandro in ''[[StarControl Star Control 2]]'' have "rotation," "Drahnasa," and "Drahn" which are something like their equivalent of days, years, and millennia (not particularly similar in duration to ours though). It would be tricky to decode these except that pretty much everything interesting that's happened on a galactic scale happens in one of three time periods (Quite Recently, A Long Time Ago and A Really, Really Long Time Ago) so luckily it's not too hard to figure out what they're on about.

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* The Slylandro in ''[[StarControl Star Control 2]]'' ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' have "rotation," "Drahnasa," and "Drahn" which are something like their equivalent of days, years, and millennia (not particularly similar in duration to ours though). It would be tricky to decode these except that pretty much everything interesting that's happened on a galactic scale happens in one of three time periods (Quite Recently, A Long Time Ago and A Really, Really Long Time Ago) so luckily it's not too hard to figure out what they're on about.
2nd Oct '15 6:25:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''PaperinikNewAdventures'' we are shown the Evronian time units: the basic unit is the spetung, then we have the secron (ten spetungs), the minutron (100 secrons), the houron (24 minutrons), the dayron (12 hourons, 18 in the rink (final dayron in all monthrons but those of Tamit and Hoxon)), the monthron (15 dayrons organized in groups of 5, it's grossly equivalent to a month of the gregorian calendar and start halfway during our months) and the yearhon (12 monthrons, equivalent of an Earth solar year. Starts on 15 august). Yearhons are grouped into millennia, named after the reigning emperor (implying an emperor can live up to one thousand years, at which point its successor will kill him). Due having been created half-jokingly shortly before the [[spoiler: fall of the Evronian Empire]], Evronian time units appear only in one story. Also, the Evronian calendar has a couple in-jokes: 15 august (Earth equivalent to the start of the Evronian calendar) was the day of publication of the annual special issue (the Evronian calendar was attached to the 1999 special), and the names of the normal days (po, ra, da, qu, pa) are the initials of the phrase "Poche ragazze da quelle parti" ("there's little girls in your neighbourhood"), a joking answer the staff tended to give to particularly strange fan mails.

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* In ''PaperinikNewAdventures'' ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' we are shown the Evronian time units: the basic unit is the spetung, then we have the secron (ten spetungs), the minutron (100 secrons), the houron (24 minutrons), the dayron (12 hourons, 18 in the rink (final dayron in all monthrons but those of Tamit and Hoxon)), the monthron (15 dayrons organized in groups of 5, it's grossly equivalent to a month of the gregorian calendar and start halfway during our months) and the yearhon (12 monthrons, equivalent of an Earth solar year. Starts on 15 august). Yearhons are grouped into millennia, named after the reigning emperor (implying an emperor can live up to one thousand years, at which point its successor will kill him). Due having been created half-jokingly shortly before the [[spoiler: fall of the Evronian Empire]], Evronian time units appear only in one story. Also, the Evronian calendar has a couple in-jokes: 15 august (Earth equivalent to the start of the Evronian calendar) was the day of publication of the annual special issue (the Evronian calendar was attached to the 1999 special), and the names of the normal days (po, ra, da, qu, pa) are the initials of the phrase "Poche ragazze da quelle parti" ("there's little girls in your neighbourhood"), a joking answer the staff tended to give to particularly strange fan mails.
20th Aug '15 12:58:46 AM HeraldAlberich
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-->--''Series/RedDwarf'', Emohawk

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-->--''Series/RedDwarf'', Emohawk
"Emohawk"



* MercedesLackey's books that take place in Valdemar call an hour a "candlemark". In her ''[[Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy Obsidian Trilogy]]'', characters from a certain city reckon time in units of "bells", each of which is two hours.

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* MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books that take place in Valdemar call an hour a "candlemark". In her ''[[Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy Obsidian Trilogy]]'', characters from a certain city reckon time in units of "bells", each of which is two hours. The city is chock-full of bell towers that all ring on that interval.



** Valdemar's neighboring countries use other units called "<something>marks" or just plain "marks." They're all on the same order of magnitude, but no two of the same length, leading to some in-universe confusion.

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** Valdemar's neighboring countries use other units called "<something>marks" "[something]marks" or just plain "marks." They're all on the same order of magnitude, but no two of the same length, leading to some in-universe confusion.



** The Aluwnans in [[Literature/StarTrekTheGenesisWave ''Genesis Force'']] use the rather uninspired "instants" and "units" in place of minutes and hours.

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** The Aluwnans in [[Literature/StarTrekTheGenesisWave ''Genesis Force'']] ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheGenesisWave Genesis Force]]'' use the rather uninspired "instants" and "units" in place of minutes and hours.



-->'''Zed:''' ''The twins keep us on Centaurian time, standard thirty-seven hour day. Give it a few months. You'll get used to it. Or you'll have a psychotic episode.''

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-->'''Zed:''' ''The ---->'''Zed:''' The twins keep us on Centaurian time, standard thirty-seven hour day. Give it a few months. You'll get used to it. Or you'll have a psychotic episode.''
28th Jun '15 4:04:21 PM nombretomado
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* The original 1979 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' series used "microns" for seconds, "centons" for minutes (or for hours in the series pilot), "centars" for hours, "sectons" for weeks, and "yahrens" for years.

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* The original 1979 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' Galactica|1978}}'' series used "microns" for seconds, "centons" for minutes (or for hours in the series pilot), "centars" for hours, "sectons" for weeks, and "yahrens" for years.



* Re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' averts this, except for some documents visible onscreen in Armistice Station in the Miniseries, which use original-series terminology. Spoken dialogue and other writings have "years", "minutes", etc.

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* Re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' Galactica|2003}}'' averts this, except for some documents visible onscreen in Armistice Station in the Miniseries, which use original-series terminology. Spoken dialogue and other writings have "years", "minutes", etc.



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the dragons and Nemesites measure time in "zarps." Since "half a zarp" seems to equal at least a short night's sleep, we can guess a full zarp is probably something between 12 and 16 hours. An author's comment when they first appear compares them to [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} astroseconds,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic centons,]] and [[Series/DoctorWho rels.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the dragons and Nemesites measure time in "zarps." Since "half a zarp" seems to equal at least a short night's sleep, we can guess a full zarp is probably something between 12 and 16 hours. An author's comment when they first appear compares them to [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} astroseconds,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 centons,]] and [[Series/DoctorWho rels.]]
26th Jun '15 5:11:33 AM Odon
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* The planet in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode “Time and Again” used rotations, intervals, and fractions. And Hindu-Arabic numerals.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''
* The planet in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode “Time "Time and Again” Again" used rotations, intervals, and fractions. And Hindu-Arabic numerals.
** Averted in "Prime Factors" when an alien gives a measurement based on the distance between the sun and her home planet, and Harry Kim mentally converts it to light years.
17th May '15 11:00:24 AM nombretomado
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* The Race in HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series apparently operates on metric time, as their phrase "one tenth of a daytenth" equals out to about fifteen minutes.

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* The Race in HarryTurtledove's Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series apparently operates on metric time, as their phrase "one tenth of a daytenth" equals out to about fifteen minutes.
7th May '15 8:53:26 PM Arcorann
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* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' stories. Martian civilization used the following time units: 1 Xat = 200 tals, 50 xats = 1 zode, and 10 zodes = 1 Martian day. Mars has a day almost identical to Earth (24 hours 37 minutes), so 1 zode = 2 hours 28 minutes, 1 xat = 3 minutes and 1 tal = .9 second.

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* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' stories. Martian civilization used the following time units: 1 Xat = 200 tals, 50 xats = 1 zode, and 10 zodes = 1 Martian day. Mars has a day almost identical to Earth (24 hours 37 39.6 minutes), so 1 zode = 2 hours 28 minutes, 1 xat = 3 minutes and 1 tal = .9 second.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' has a year... that's made up of 15 months and 5 days that are "outside the year", called Calibration. Also, the month is made of exactly 28 days, no matter what month it is, unlike our months. (makes sense, since they use lunar months, unlike us who use Roman months and calendar, where [[ExecutiveMeddling every Roman emperor wanted a month dedicated to himself and wanted that month to be longer than normal]]. Which leads to July and August having 31 days, while poor February is left with merely 28 (ok, 28.25)...)

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has a year... that's made up of 15 months and 5 days that are "outside the year", called Calibration. Also, the every month is made of exactly 28 days, no matter what month it is, unlike our months. (makes sense, since they use lunar months, unlike us who use Roman months and calendar, where [[ExecutiveMeddling every Roman emperor wanted a month dedicated to himself and wanted that month to be longer than normal]]. Which leads to July and August having 31 days, while poor February is left with merely 28 (ok, 28.25)...)days.



* There's a "bilisecond"(sic) in [[http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa326471%28v=vs.71%29.aspx Microsoft .Net SQL API]]. Documentation describes it as 1 billionth of a second. Actually, it's 1/1000th of a millisecond, i.e. a microsecond. There were suggestions that whoever designed the API had no idea of metric prefixes and assumed "milli-" to be 1 millionth and "billi-" 1 billointh. Or maybe named the unit after Bill Gates. And misspelled it.

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* There's a "bilisecond"(sic) "bilisecond" (sic) in [[http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa326471%28v=vs.71%29.aspx Microsoft .Net SQL API]]. Documentation describes it as 1 billionth of a second. Actually, it's 1/1000th of a millisecond, i.e. a microsecond. There were suggestions that whoever designed the API had no idea of metric prefixes and assumed "milli-" to be 1 millionth and "billi-" 1 billointh. Or maybe named the unit after Bill Gates. And misspelled it.
12th Mar '15 7:33:03 PM nombretomado
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* In the BronzeAge, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics stated that Kryptonian time was divided into "dendars", their equivalent of a minute that consists of one hundred seconds, which implies that Kryptonians were ''very'' enthusiastic about the metric system.

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* In the BronzeAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics stated that Kryptonian time was divided into "dendars", their equivalent of a minute that consists of one hundred seconds, which implies that Kryptonians were ''very'' enthusiastic about the metric system.
10th Mar '15 1:18:51 PM TheUnsquished
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* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the dragons and Nemesites measure time in "zarps." Since "half a zarp" seems to equal at least a short night's sleep, we can guess a full zarp is probably something between 12 and 16 hours. An author's comment when they first appear compares them to [[{{Transformers}} astroseconds,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic centons,]] and [[Series/DoctorWho rels.]]
* The trolls in {{Homestuck}} call years "sweeps", although the Alternian year is equal to around 2.17 Earth years.

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* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' the dragons and Nemesites measure time in "zarps." Since "half a zarp" seems to equal at least a short night's sleep, we can guess a full zarp is probably something between 12 and 16 hours. An author's comment when they first appear compares them to [[{{Transformers}} [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} astroseconds,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic centons,]] and [[Series/DoctorWho rels.]]
* The trolls in {{Homestuck}} ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' call years "sweeps", although the Alternian year is equal to around 2.17 Earth years.



* In ''LastRes0rt'' the galaxy has apparently adopted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch_Internet_Time Swatch Internet Time]]

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* In ''LastRes0rt'' ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' the galaxy has apparently adopted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch_Internet_Time Swatch Internet Time]]
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