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12th Aug '16 6:40:07 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' uses "moons" as a "longer-than-a-week-but-shorter-than-a-year" measurement of time, and never specifies exactly how long a "moon" is. A common theory is that it's simply a pony-ism for "month" due to how its used and the association with lunar cycles. Thing is, in FIM the moon is controlled manually, and every ''other'' unit of time is unchanged, implying that it's not a standard month. [[WordOfGod According to the show's director]], "it's a unit of time with no human equivalent." It tends to be used when the writers don't want to worry too much about the timeline.
18th Jun '16 9:12:00 PM west8777
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* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' call years "sweeps", although the Alternian year is equal to around 2.17 Earth years.

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* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' call years "sweeps", although the Alternian year is equal to around 2.17 16 Earth years.
9th Jun '16 10:42:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's an example in the first chapter of ''SenseiNoBulge'': the protagonist is said to be earning 7 [[ArtisticLicensePhysics quarks]] an hour, with a footnote saying a quark is worth about as much as a yen (¥7 ≈ $0.09). That's no doubt meant to tell the readers how poor he is, and presumably that's based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity purchasing power]] as opposed to exchange rate, as Earth is implied not to exist in that universe.

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* There's an example in the first chapter of ''SenseiNoBulge'': the protagonist is said to be earning 7 [[ArtisticLicensePhysics quarks]] an hour, with a footnote saying a quark is worth about as much as a yen (¥7 ≈ $0.09). That's no doubt meant to tell the readers how poor he is, and presumably that's based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity purchasing power]] as opposed to exchange rate, as Earth is implied not to exist in that universe.

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* The time system in Ketafa in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' is some strange thing divided into five big chunks, four sets of five smaller chunks, and 400 smaller units. Times are called, very prosaically, “2-3” or “5-5” or whatever. The four never bother to find out anything about it.

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* The time system in Ketafa in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' is some strange thing divided into five big chunks, four sets of five smaller chunks, and 400 smaller units. Times are called, very prosaically, “2-3” �2-3� or “5-5” �5-5� or whatever. The four never bother to find out anything about it.



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** It is also canonically established that a year (a full revolution of the Disc) is 800 days and has eight seasons. This is never respected after being established, so a linked system of “short years” of 400 days and 4 systems was retconned in. If you’re going forward along the turtle’s left side in summer in an odd short year, you’ll be going backwards on the right side in an even summer. To keep things simple, each short year has 13 months.

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** It is also canonically established that a year (a full revolution of the Disc) is 800 days and has eight seasons. This is never respected after being established, so a linked system of “short years” �short years� of 400 days and 4 systems was retconned in. If you’re you�re going forward along the turtle’s turtle�s left side in summer in an odd short year, you’ll you�ll be going backwards on the right side in an even summer. To keep things simple, each short year has 13 months.



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9th Jun '16 9:08:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in ''TheWheelOfTime,'' where a ten-day period is called a week. This is mentioned exactly once in the story, in an offhand mention going something like, "Four more two-day festivals scheduled for this week," leading the casual, non-glossary-reading reader to believe that Robert Jordan was an ''idiot.''

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* Inverted in ''TheWheelOfTime,'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime,'' where a ten-day period is called a week. This is mentioned exactly once in the story, in an offhand mention going something like, "Four more two-day festivals scheduled for this week," leading the casual, non-glossary-reading reader to believe that Robert Jordan was an ''idiot.''



* In Steven Brust's ''{{Dragaera}}'' novels, a Dragaeran week is 5 days. Humans/Easterners still use seven-day weeks, and even fortnights (14 days), which Vlad (raised in Dragaera) thinks is a really weird period of time to have a name for because it is "...one day shorter than three weeks."

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* In Steven Brust's ''{{Dragaera}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, a Dragaeran week is 5 days. Humans/Easterners still use seven-day weeks, and even fortnights (14 days), which Vlad (raised in Dragaera) thinks is a really weird period of time to have a name for because it is "...one day shorter than three weeks."



* At one point in the ''{{Dragonback}}'' series, Alison Kayna notices that the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Valahguan]] "[[OneHitKill Death]]" weapons the scout fleet gets hit with cut off after three minutes and 47 seconds, which led her (correctly) to the conclusion that the weapons were strictly a loaner and that the enemy alliance wasn't that firm. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Draycos]] mentions that that would fit, since 3 minutes 47 seconds works out to two ''birs'' of Valahguan time measurement.

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* At one point in the ''{{Dragonback}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'' series, Alison Kayna notices that the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Valahguan]] "[[OneHitKill Death]]" weapons the scout fleet gets hit with cut off after three minutes and 47 seconds, which led her (correctly) to the conclusion that the weapons were strictly a loaner and that the enemy alliance wasn't that firm. [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Draycos]] mentions that that would fit, since 3 minutes 47 seconds works out to two ''birs'' of Valahguan time measurement.



* In JoanVinge's TheOutcastsOfHeavenBelt, all time units have been replaced by multiples of seconds (megaseconds,gigaseconds), freeing them from dependence on any local rotation or revolution cycles.
* In the {{Darkover}} books, a Darkover day is twenty-eight hours. Why twenty-eight? Presumably (in the author's attempt to retcon this), the original LostColony approximated the Earth hour (before they forgot their origin), but adjusted to a new day length.

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* In JoanVinge's TheOutcastsOfHeavenBelt, Creator/JoanVinge's Literature/TheOutcastsOfHeavenBelt, all time units have been replaced by multiples of seconds (megaseconds,gigaseconds), freeing them from dependence on any local rotation or revolution cycles.
* In the {{Darkover}} Literature/{{Darkover}} books, a Darkover day is twenty-eight hours. Why twenty-eight? Presumably (in the author's attempt to retcon this), the original LostColony approximated the Earth hour (before they forgot their origin), but adjusted to a new day length.
6th Jun '16 11:26:46 AM WillKeaton
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* The Marvel ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic book series introduced two Cybertronian time units: a "Breem" (8.3 minutes) and a "Vorn" (83 years). Apparently, giant shape-shifting robots never bothered with units of time greater than 8.3 minutes and less than 83 years [[note]]((The use of 83 is of course a reference to to the fact that that 1983 was the year before the series came out))[[/note]]...

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* The Marvel ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' comic book series introduced two Cybertronian time units: a "Breem" (8.3 minutes) and a "Vorn" (83 years). Apparently, giant shape-shifting robots never bothered with units of time greater than 8.3 minutes and less than 83 years [[note]]((The years...[[note]]The use of 83 is of course a reference to to the fact that that 1983 was the year before the series came out))[[/note]]...out.[[/note]]



** The Metric calendar failed in part because pretty much everyone (this was revolution-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_Calendar France]]) still had to use the old calendar to track the Sundays. A calendar change also causes problems for holidays like Easter, the date of which is based on the interface between a seven-day week and the lunar cycle and moves every year [[note]]This was intentional, trying to undermine the power of the church[[/note]].

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** The Metric calendar failed in part because pretty much everyone (this was revolution-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_Calendar France]]) still had to use the old calendar to track the Sundays. A calendar change also causes problems for holidays like Easter, the date of which is based on the interface between a seven-day week and the lunar cycle and moves every year year. [[note]]This was intentional, trying to undermine the power of the church[[/note]].church.[[/note]]



* Various forms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_time decimal divisions of the day]].
* TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_units_of_measurement#Time several unusual time units]], such as the 1.2096 second "microfortnight".
** An in-joke in the Arch Linux community are [[https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kiloseconds kiloseconds]].

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* Various forms of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_time decimal divisions of the day]].
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* TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_units_of_measurement#Time several unusual time units]], units,]] such as the 1.2096 second "microfortnight".
** An in-joke in the Arch Linux community are [[https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kiloseconds kiloseconds]].kiloseconds.]]



* 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) in [[http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa326471%28v=vs.71%29.aspx Microsoft .Net SQL API]]. 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.
20th May '16 2:20:35 PM Doug86
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* Often used in the StarTrekNovelVerse. For example, 6 human months equals about 4 Vostigye ronds, and nearly 40 Talaxian niziks. A Romulan Veraku is about 63 Earth minutes, and a Siuren is roughly 50 seconds.

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* Often used in the StarTrekNovelVerse.Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. For example, 6 human months equals about 4 Vostigye ronds, and nearly 40 Talaxian niziks. A Romulan Veraku is about 63 Earth minutes, and a Siuren is roughly 50 seconds.
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.
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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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* 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.''
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