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29th Nov '16 11:20:13 PM PaulA
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** Creator/DianeDuane's ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} My Enemy, My Ally]]'' has the ''Enterprise'' arranging a rendezvous with a Romulan vessel. When setting the time, Kirk tells Uhura to give the Romulans a second-tick for reference; the officer he's speaking to tells him they know what a second means to Terrans. Meanwhile the glossary at the back of ''The Romulan Way'' specifies that a Rihannsu "minute" is actually 50.1 Terran seconds long.

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** Creator/DianeDuane's ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} My Enemy, My Ally]]'' ''Literature/MyEnemyMyAlly'' has the ''Enterprise'' arranging a rendezvous with a Romulan vessel. When setting the time, Kirk tells Uhura to give the Romulans a second-tick for reference; the officer he's speaking to tells him they know what a second means to Terrans. Meanwhile the glossary at the back of ''The Romulan Way'' ''Literature/TheRomulanWay'' specifies that a Rihannsu "minute" is actually 50.1 Terran seconds long.
28th Oct '16 10:39:56 PM Arivne
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** "The Conscience of the King"
-->'''Computer''': Kodos the Executioner, summary. Governor of Tarsus Four twenty Earth years ago.
28th Oct '16 10:38:23 PM Arivne
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** "The Conscience of the King"
-->'''Computer''': Kodos the Executioner, summary. Governor of Tarsus Four twenty Earth years ago.
8th Oct '16 12:37:08 AM Arivne
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, "Peak Performance", a Ferengi attack vessel happens upon a Federation wargames exercise. Ferengi [=DaiMon=] Bractor misinterprets the situation, believing that the ''Enterprise''[='=]s inferior sparring partner, USS ''Hathaway'', must hold some secret value. He offers to let the ''Enterprise'' go unharmed if Picard will agree to hand over the ''Hathaway'' to him. He punctuates the demand with, "You have ten of your minutes".

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
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In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, episode "Peak Performance", a Ferengi attack vessel happens upon a Federation wargames exercise. Ferengi [=DaiMon=] Bractor misinterprets the situation, believing that the ''Enterprise''[='=]s inferior sparring partner, USS ''Hathaway'', must hold some secret value. He offers to let the ''Enterprise'' go unharmed if Picard will agree to hand over the ''Hathaway'' to him. He punctuates the demand with, "You have ten of your minutes".



** Alien units of measurement have been mentioned in the background throughout the franchise. Specifically, the Next Gen / ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'' spinoffs established that the Klingons use a unit of distance measurement called a "kellicam", used in similar scales as kilometers (a starship may be "5,000 kellicams away from us", but like kilometers it isn't useful for interplanetary distances). The Klingon calendar is based on the "Year of Khaless" system, dating from the birth of the Empire's founder. Khaless died around 822 A.D. by the Gregorian calendar, but in 2373 Worf mentions that it is the "Year of Khaless 999" - meaning that a single Klingon "year" seems to be roughly twice as long as an Earth year.
** A background element used quite extensively in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which casual viewers might not even pick up on. The Bajorans asked the Federation to establish a Starfleet presence on ''Deep Space Nine'' (to help them run it and discourage the Cardassians from returning), but it is ''not'' a full "Starfleet military base" in the sense that it is not legally considered Starfleet territory. This comes up in several episodes but specifically in the premiere, Odo directly explained to Quark that he can still run his casino tables on the station because it is subject to Bajoran law, not Federation law. A quirk of this is that the space station actually runs on ''Bajoran time'', not standard Starfleet time. They do still record their logs using the Stardate system, but a Bajoran "day" consists of 26 hours, not 24 hours. They might call this something else in the Bajoran language or divide it up into different increments, but whatever translation matrix they're using renders an "hour" as an Earth hour, but their "day" is based on Bajor's rotational period, which contains 26 of those. This is actually a pervasive background principle throughout the entire series: apart from someone saying "you have 26 hours to vacate this area", the times that events are scheduled are based on a 26 hour day, i.e. someone will be invited to dinner at "18:00 hours" despite this being an unusual time to have dinner in a 24 hour day cycle.

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** Alien units of measurement have been mentioned in the background throughout the franchise. Specifically, the Next Gen / ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'' ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''/''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' spinoffs established that the Klingons use a unit of distance measurement called a "kellicam", used in similar scales as kilometers (a starship may be "5,000 kellicams away from us", but like kilometers it isn't useful for interplanetary distances). The Klingon calendar is based on the "Year of Khaless" Kahless" system, dating from the birth of the Empire's founder. Khaless Kahless died around 822 A.D. by the Gregorian calendar, but in 2373 Worf mentions that it is the "Year of Khaless Kahless 999" - meaning that a single Klingon "year" seems to be roughly twice as long as an Earth year.
** * A background element used quite extensively in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which casual viewers might not even pick up on. The Bajorans asked the Federation to establish a Starfleet presence on ''Deep Space Nine'' (to help them run it and discourage the Cardassians from returning), but it is ''not'' a full "Starfleet military base" in the sense that it is not legally considered Starfleet territory. This comes up in several episodes but specifically in the premiere, Odo directly explained to Quark that he can still run his casino tables on the station because it is subject to Bajoran law, not Federation law. A quirk of this is that the space station actually runs on ''Bajoran time'', not standard Starfleet time. They do still record their logs using the Stardate system, but a Bajoran "day" consists of 26 hours, not 24 hours. They might call this something else in the Bajoran language or divide it up into different increments, but whatever translation matrix they're using renders an "hour" as an Earth hour, but their "day" is based on Bajor's rotational period, which contains 26 of those. This is actually a pervasive background principle throughout the entire series: apart from someone saying "you have 26 hours to vacate this area", the times that events are scheduled are based on a 26 hour day, i.e. someone will be invited to dinner at "18:00 hours" despite this being an unusual time to have dinner in a 24 hour day cycle.
8th Oct '16 12:19:46 AM Arivne
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-->'''Balok''': "We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as "minutes" to make preparations."

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-->'''Balok''': "We We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as "minutes" to make preparations."
4th Jul '16 6:02:21 AM LorienTheYounger
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* People working with Mars Rovers have to go by the ''Martian'' Day (called "sol") schedule - they have to go to work a half hour ''later'' every Earth day, because Mars rotates a little slower than Earth does. If needed, the day is further divided in slightly longer hours and seconds. Many people working on the MER project had wristwatches specifically calibrated to Martian time.

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* People A solar day on Mars (called a "sol") is 24 hours 39 minutes 35.244 seconds long. Therefore, people working with Mars Rovers have to go by the ''Martian'' Day (called "sol") a working schedule - based on sols, not days they have to go to start work a half hour ''later'' about 40 minutes later every Earth day, because Mars rotates a little slower than and use Martian "hours" and "minutes" that are about 1.0275 times the length of their Earth does. If needed, the day is further divided in slightly longer hours and seconds.equivalents. Many people working on the MER project had wristwatches specifically calibrated to Martian time.
26th Jun '16 10:46:44 PM easytorememberhandle
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in a ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' comic, when a guide leading the crew across an alien planet says, "We will see the city within 30 ''boule''." Alexander grouses that he doesn't understand why the UniversalTranslator can change any language to English, and yet leaves units of distance and time untranslated. Tommy replies, "At least he didn't say 'in 30 of your Earth miles', or something. Man, I ''hate'' that."
22nd Jun '16 8:31:59 AM Arivne
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* A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in Series/TheTwilightZone episode ''To Serve Man'' when the human protagonist onboard a flying saucer in transit asks his alien [[spoiler:captors]] what time it is, only to be told there isn't one, because there's no way to measure time in space, to which the hero responds "What time is it ''on earth''?

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* A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in Series/TheTwilightZone episode ''To Serve Man'' when the human protagonist onboard a flying saucer in transit asks his alien [[spoiler:captors]] what time it is, only to be told there isn't one, because there's no way to measure time in space, to which the hero responds "What time is it ''on earth''?Earth''?
22nd Jun '16 8:24:11 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1036 SCP-1036 (''Nkondi'')]]. A nganga (African tribal shaman) is talking with one of the spirits trapped in a SCP-1036 doll. When the nganga asks the spirit how long it has been trapped in the doll, it says "Three hundred twenty-six of your years".
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20th Jun '16 4:57:49 PM DrY9K
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* The King of Yugopotamia in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', during the Halloween special: "I shall mourn over my son for 5,000 Yugopotamian days..." Beat. "Okay, I'm done. Unfreeeze one of his clones!" Also, Mark says he is getting a reading "50,000 Yugopotamian miles from here!" Earth units? 2 inches.

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* The King of Yugopotamia in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', during the Halloween special: "I shall mourn over my son for 5,000 Yugopotamian days..." Beat. "Okay, I'm done. Unfreeeze Unfreeze one of his clones!" Also, Mark says he is getting a reading "50,000 Yugopotamian miles from here!" Earth units? 2 inches.
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