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26th Jan '17 7:07:03 PM Vilui
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** Although continually sleeping 40 minutes later everyday means that after about two-and-a-half weeks your AM/PM has completely flipped over and you're going to bed around noon and getting up in the late evening.

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** Although continually sleeping 40 minutes later everyday every day means that after about two-and-a-half weeks your AM/PM has completely flipped over and you're going to bed around noon and getting up in the late evening.
6th Jan '17 12:44:35 PM MiddleEighth
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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'' (and, later, also in Baravada in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'') 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.it, and the only time it matters to them is in ''Keys'' when they need to be somewhere at a particular time, or when one of the minor magic items they acquire has a time limit. They do, however, get a pocket watch.
**The clock starts at noon, when all hands are at 1; this is called “All Up,” signals lunch, and is the only known Ketafan clock setting to correspond with any 24-hour clock setting.
**No calendar, day names, etc. are mentioned at any time, but the inhabitants on both continents refer to “hands” of days or years.
4th Dec '16 6:28:18 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Zod and his followers are sentenced to the Phantom Zone for 300 "cycles". These are persumerly Kryptonian years, but since no matter how much time they measure, Krypton [[DoomedHometown doesn't have 300 of them left]], so it quickly become a moot point.
7th Sep '16 9:39:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines has this come up with one of the show's longest running mysteries: Ash's age. In fic, ''Ash'' himself has no idea how long his journey pre time travel was as per one of the stories ongoing jokes, so he eventually starts to measure the length of time he was traveling in gym battles.

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* Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has this come up with one of the show's longest running mysteries: Ash's age. In fic, ''Ash'' himself has no idea how long his journey pre time travel was as per one of the stories ongoing jokes, so he eventually starts to measure the length of time he was traveling in gym battles.
7th Sep '16 7:56:33 PM KrspaceT
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* Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines has this come up with one of the show's longest running mysteries: Ash's age. In fic, ''Ash'' himself has no idea how long his journey pre time travel was as per one of the stories ongoing jokes, so he eventually starts to measure the length of time he was traveling in gym battles.
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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** 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.
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