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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the Skrull leader say that they have been holding Captain America for two of their Earth months.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the Skrull leader say that they have been holding Captain America for two of their Earth months.
12th Nov '15 4:31:28 PM BrokenEye
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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''?
29th Jul '15 7:21:45 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier'' uses a variant; Jeb is heard remarking that some vitally-needed technical data to let the Kerbals and their new neighbours exchange scientific and cultural data in a medium other than paper will take "two ''local'' days". [[spoiler:Except that they're not actually ''local'' days, but EarthThatWas days.]]
7th Jul '15 1:35:32 AM Menshevik
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* A variant actually happened back before the metric system was adopted as the standard by most countries, when different countries used different weights and measurements which confusingly were called the same names (e. g. "mile", "foot", "inch", "pound" in English, "Meile", "Fuß", "Zoll", "Pfund" in German). It can sometimes be seen today between Imperial and Metric system users, e. g. in common parlance many users of the metric system still use their language's word for "pound" for 500 grams. The differences could be huge, e. g. between what would in German be called an "Englische Meile" (ca. 1.6 km) and a "Deutsche Meile" or a "Geographische Meile" (two slightly different measurements, both ca. 7.5 km).

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* A variant actually happened back before the metric system was adopted as the standard by most countries, when different countries used different weights and measurements which confusingly were called the same names (e. g. "mile", "foot", "inch", "pound" in English, "Meile", "Fuß", "Zoll", "Pfund" in German). It can sometimes be seen today between Imperial and Metric system users, e. g. in common parlance many users of the metric system still use their language's word for "pound" for 500 grams. The differences could be huge, e. g. between what would in German be called an "Englische Meile" (ca. 1.6 km) and a "Deutsche Meile" "Deutsche" or a "Geographische Meile" (two slightly different measurements, both ca.(ca. 7.5 km).
7th Jul '15 1:32:46 AM Menshevik
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* A variant actually happened back when the metric system wasn't that widespread, and countries used different measurements. It can sometimes be seen today between Imperial and Metric system users. In old Swedish novels translated from other languages it used to be very common to find someone traveling so or so many miles, and there would be a footnote telling that this was an ''English'' or ''Russian'' "mile", and give a conversion. The writer Falstaff Fakir spoofed it when writing a [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Three Musketeers]] parody; at one point a number of minutes are described as ''French'' minutes "of which there are a whole lot in one Swedish".

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* A variant actually happened back when before the metric system wasn't that widespread, and was adopted as the standard by most countries, when different countries used different measurements. weights and measurements which confusingly were called the same names (e. g. "mile", "foot", "inch", "pound" in English, "Meile", "Fuß", "Zoll", "Pfund" in German). It can sometimes be seen today between Imperial and Metric system users. users, e. g. in common parlance many users of the metric system still use their language's word for "pound" for 500 grams. The differences could be huge, e. g. between what would in German be called an "Englische Meile" (ca. 1.6 km) and a "Deutsche Meile" or a "Geographische Meile" (two slightly different measurements, both ca. 7.5 km).
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In old Swedish novels translated from other languages it used to be very common to find someone traveling so or so many miles, and there would be a footnote telling that this was an ''English'' or ''Russian'' "mile", and give a conversion. The writer Falstaff Fakir spoofed it when writing a [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Three Musketeers]] parody; at one point a number of minutes are described as ''French'' minutes "of which there are a whole lot in one Swedish".


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** You also have this in relation to other languages, for instance German (''eine Billion'' is a million million, ''eine Billiarde'' is a thousand million million).
6th Jul '15 11:49:23 PM foxley
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** "The Chase" has the Daleks referring to time in "Earth minutes", even when they are talking among themselves and there are no humans present.
28th Jun '15 5:20:17 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', it's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"

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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', Galactica|1978}}'', it's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"
25th Jun '15 7:20:36 PM merotoker
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* The ''KeroroGunsou'' manga has a weird, [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall denting]] example in chapter 69, where Keroro tells Natsumi and Fuyuki "I shall only [[CharacterFilibuster lecture you]] for about [[MediumAwareness two of your Pokopenian pages!]]"
* The rules for the ''Manga/DeathNote'' inconsistently fall into this. {{Justified}} since Ryuk wrote the rules in English specifically so humans could understand them. Presumably he calculated shinigami time spans into human measurements where appropriate as well.

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* The ''KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' manga has a weird, [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall denting]] example in chapter 69, where Keroro tells Natsumi and Fuyuki "I shall only [[CharacterFilibuster lecture you]] for about [[MediumAwareness two of your Pokopenian pages!]]"
* The rules for the ''Manga/DeathNote'' inconsistently fall into this. {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} since Ryuk wrote the rules in English specifically so humans could understand them. Presumably he calculated shinigami time spans into human measurements where appropriate as well.



* Averted for comedy in ''Film/MenInBlack'', where an eponymous organization deals an ultimatum with a [[YouHave48Hours time limit of one "Galactic Standard Week"]], which is explained to [[IThoughtItMeant be one hour Earth time]]. Immidiately played straight afterwards, with the Arquellian message displaying a timer labeled "Earth Time Remaining", counting down the hour.

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* Averted for comedy in ''Film/MenInBlack'', where an eponymous organization deals an ultimatum with a [[YouHave48Hours time limit of one "Galactic Standard Week"]], which is explained to [[IThoughtItMeant be one hour Earth time]]. Immidiately Immediately played straight afterwards, with the Arquellian message displaying a timer labeled "Earth Time Remaining", counting down the hour.



* The TropeNamer is the ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', where the commander of the Vogon fleet states that demolition of Earth "will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes". Granted, working out a population's units of time just to use it to tell them precisely how long they have before all being killed, and consciously pointing out that they've taken the trouble, is a typically Vogon thing to do.

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* The TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} is the ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', where the commander of the Vogon fleet states that demolition of Earth "will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes". Granted, working out a population's units of time just to use it to tell them precisely how long they have before all being killed, and consciously pointing out that they've taken the trouble, is a typically Vogon thing to do.



* {{Inverted}} in ''[[Literature/TheWindroseChronicles Dog Wizard]]'' by Creator/BarbaraHambly, where a wizard exposits this flaw in the ''spell of tongues''. Later, when an alien has stated that his equipment can keep everybody safe for only two hours, he's startled when the heroine comments that time is almost up 100 minutes later -- it's not even been one "hour" as far as he's concerned.

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* {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''[[Literature/TheWindroseChronicles Dog Wizard]]'' by Creator/BarbaraHambly, where a wizard exposits this flaw in the ''spell of tongues''. Later, when an alien has stated that his equipment can keep everybody safe for only two hours, he's startled when the heroine comments that time is almost up 100 minutes later -- it's not even been one "hour" as far as he's concerned.



* Averted in Alan Dean Foster's HumanxCommonwealth novels, where such Earth-derived time units are concisely referred to as "t-years" or the like. Presumably the "t" stands for Terra, and years on Hivehome would be "h-years".

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* Averted in Alan Dean Foster's HumanxCommonwealth Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novels, where such Earth-derived time units are concisely referred to as "t-years" or the like. Presumably the "t" stands for Terra, and years on Hivehome would be "h-years".



* Inverted in SpiderRobinson's [[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Secret]], where the group on Earth makes telepathic contact with the approaching alien and explains what a second is "This interval [ ] is a second" and give the alien 30 of them to comply. The alien realizes that since a second is a meaningful interval for thought, the folks on Earth were vastly inferior.

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* Inverted in SpiderRobinson's [[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Secret]], Secret]]'', where the group on Earth makes telepathic contact with the approaching alien and explains what a second is "This interval [ ] is a second" and give the alien 30 of them to comply. The alien realizes that since a second is a meaningful interval for thought, the folks on Earth were vastly inferior.



* The Creator/IsaacAsimov short story ''The Last Trump'' revolves around the Devil's apparent triumph over God, having convinced Him/Her/It to bring about Judgement Day on Earth, thus "winning" since humanity as a whole has not yet conformed to the divine plan. However, the angel whose job is to watch over the Earth protests this move and eventually manages to get Judgement Day overturned since God's decree of when the Earth would end referred to a specific date, apparently based on the Gregorian calendar, but the angel points out that nowhere in the decree itself was the specific calendar system identified. Since there are so many different calendar systems in use on Earth, and they can not just randomly pick one, Judgement Day can not actually occur and the Earth continues as it always has. The story ends with the Devil, accepting that his immediate plan was foiled, planning a global calendar revision to mark the beginning of the "Atomic Era" for all mankind.
** In the later {{Foundation}} novels it's noted that the time standard on all inhabited planets is 24 hours although no planet has exactly a 24 hour day. This is due to the original Earther colonists establishing the day as 24 hours, even though by the time of the Foundation Earth is unknown except in legends.

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* The Creator/IsaacAsimov short story ''The Last Trump'' revolves around the Devil's apparent triumph over God, having convinced Him/Her/It to bring about Judgement Day on Earth, thus "winning" since humanity as a whole has not yet conformed to the divine plan. However, the angel whose job is to watch over the Earth protests this move and eventually manages to get Judgement Day overturned since God's decree of when the Earth would end referred to a specific date, apparently based on the Gregorian calendar, but the angel points out that nowhere in the decree itself was the specific calendar system identified. Since there are so many different calendar systems in use on Earth, and they can not cannot just randomly pick one, Judgement Day can not actually occur and the Earth continues as it always has. The story ends with the Devil, accepting that his immediate plan was foiled, planning a global calendar revision to mark the beginning of the "Atomic Era" for all mankind.
** In the later {{Foundation}} ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels it's noted that the time standard on all inhabited planets is 24 hours although no planet has exactly a 24 hour day. This is due to the original Earther colonists establishing the day as 24 hours, even though by the time of the Foundation Earth is unknown except in legends.



* In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', Leia asks the Noghri matriarch how long ago the planet Honoghr [[ApocalypseHow suffered biosphere destruction]]. The matriarch answers her in Honoghr years, then reiterates it in [[StandardTimeUnits standard years]].

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* In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', Leia asks the Noghri matriarch how long ago the planet Honoghr [[ApocalypseHow suffered biosphere destruction]]. The matriarch answers her in Honoghr years, then reiterates it in [[StandardTimeUnits standard years]].



* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' series, the [[LizardFolk Race]] will usually reference years as ''their'' years, which are roughly half as long as Earth years. However, it gets a little strange when they keep giving both versions to characters who [[AsYouKnow should know about the conversion]].
* In MikhailAkhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', the titular character describes the [[SingleBiomePlanet water world]] [[ShoutOut Solaris]] as having a 27-hour day. When humans first settled its sparse islands, they didn't know how to adapt the human 24-hour biological cycle to 27 hours. French congratulates their ingenuity when, instead of trying to alter their genes, they invent... time zones. So, no other planet in this 'verse uses time zones, including Earth? Also, time zones wouldn't really solve the problem of a 27-hour day.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''WorldWar'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, the [[LizardFolk Race]] will usually reference years as ''their'' years, which are roughly half as long as Earth years. However, it gets a little strange when they keep giving both versions to characters who [[AsYouKnow should know about the conversion]].
* In MikhailAkhmanov Creator/MikhailAkhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', the titular character describes the [[SingleBiomePlanet water world]] [[ShoutOut Solaris]] as having a 27-hour day. When humans first settled its sparse islands, they didn't know how to adapt the human 24-hour biological cycle to 27 hours. French congratulates their ingenuity when, instead of trying to alter their genes, they invent... time zones. So, no other planet in this 'verse uses time zones, including Earth? Also, time zones wouldn't really solve the problem of a 27-hour day.



* In a sketch on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', a shopkeeper tells a customer "That will be twenty of your Earth pounds". In another sketch, a gameshow contestant is informed that he has "thirty Earth seconds" to answer.

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* In a sketch on ''ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', a shopkeeper tells a customer "That will be twenty of your Earth pounds". In another sketch, a gameshow contestant is informed that he has "thirty Earth seconds" to answer.



* ''SheSpies'' episode 11. "He was supposed to be here three of your American days ago."

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* ''SheSpies'' ''Series/SheSpies'' episode 11. "He was supposed to be here three of your American days ago."



* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', it's {{Lampshaded}} in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"

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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', it's {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"



* Mentioned on the first track of DevinTownsend's album ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''.
--> Ziltoid: Greetings, humans! I...am Ziltoid the Omniscient. I have travelled far across the omniverse. YOU. Shall fetch me...your universe's ''ultimate'' cup of coffee! You have... five Earth minutes. Make it perfect!

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* Mentioned on the first track of DevinTownsend's Music/DevinTownsend's album ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''.
--> Ziltoid: '''Ziltoid''': Greetings, humans! I...am Ziltoid the Omniscient. I have travelled far across the omniverse. YOU. Shall fetch me...your universe's ''ultimate'' cup of coffee! You have... five Earth minutes. Make it perfect!



* ''{{Spore}}'' completely ignores this, every single race in the entire galaxy seems to use the same measurements of time for no apparent reason.
* In ''FreedomForce vs the 3rd Reich'', Mentor makes the throwaway comment that he is proficient in "several thousand languages, of which Earth Spanish is one". Now, think about that one for a moment...

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* ''{{Spore}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' completely ignores this, every single race in the entire galaxy seems to use the same measurements of time for no apparent reason.
* In ''FreedomForce ''VideoGame/FreedomForce vs the 3rd Reich'', Mentor makes the throwaway comment that he is proficient in "several thousand languages, of which Earth Spanish is one". Now, think about that one for a moment...



* {{Starcraft}} has a particularly bizarre one. While it might make some sense that Terrans still refer to Earth years as standard (despite their having spread to planets with a very diverse range of orbital speeds), the fact that the ''Protoss'' do so does not. For example, Fenix (a Protoss) has more than three centuries on Raynor (and the Protoss' ages in the manual are given in years). That or one Aiur year is the same as one on Earth.

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* {{Starcraft}} ''Franchise/{{StarCraft}}'' has a particularly bizarre one. While it might make some sense that Terrans still refer to Earth years as standard (despite their having spread to planets with a very diverse range of orbital speeds), the fact that the ''Protoss'' do so does not. For example, Fenix (a Protoss) has more than three centuries on Raynor (and the Protoss' ages in the manual are given in years). That or one Aiur year is the same as one on Earth.



* TheOnion: "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/alien-world-to-help-out-syria-since-this-one-refus,27620/ Alien World To Help Out Syria Since This One Refuses To]].

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* TheOnion: Website/TheOnion: "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/alien-world-to-help-out-syria-since-this-one-refus,27620/ Alien World To Help Out Syria Since This One Refuses To]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' third ''TreehouseOfHorror'' show has the town overrun by zombies. High overhead, aliens Kang and Kodos watch patiently, observing "Soon the human race will wither and fold. Like the Earth plums we've seen on the Observe-a-scope."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' third ''TreehouseOfHorror'' ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' show has the town overrun by zombies. High overhead, aliens Kang and Kodos watch patiently, observing "Soon the human race will wither and fold. Like the Earth plums we've seen on the Observe-a-scope."



* Averted in ''{{Transformers}}'', where the Cybertronians typically use their own terms: astro-clicks, cycles and nanocycles, for example. When around humans, at least in ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', they know when to switch to Earth units of measurements like years without adding a "your."

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* Averted in ''{{Transformers}}'', ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', where the Cybertronians typically use their own terms: astro-clicks, cycles and nanocycles, for example. When around humans, at least in ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', they know when to switch to Earth units of measurements like years without adding a "your."



* The King of Yugopotamia in the ''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 the ''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!"
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clones!" Also, Mark says he is getting a reading "50,000 Yugopotamian miles from here!" Earth units? 2 inches.



-->Head Female Theela: To survive we must vitalize each 27 years of your time.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''Trapper Keeper 2000'' featured an alien from the future named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.

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-->Head -->'''Head Female Theela: Theela''': To survive we must vitalize each 27 years of your time.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''Trapper Keeper 2000'' "Trapper Keeper" featured an alien from the future named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.



* ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'': "I've actually been a talk show host for a thousand years, but it doesn't seem like it because on my home planet it's still only Tuesday...Tuesday...my guitar lesson!"

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* ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'': ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'': "I've actually been a talk show host for a thousand years, but it doesn't seem like it because on my home planet it's still only Tuesday...Tuesday...my guitar lesson!"



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6th Jun '15 5:32:42 AM Meppe
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** Averted when Kosh sets up a meeting at "the hour of scampering".
2nd Jun '15 3:15:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Spoofed in ''AmazonWomenOnTheMoon''. The Queen of the eponymous moon-dwellers boasts that her civilization has existed for millions of "Gamma-Spans", and hastily exposits that a Gamma-Span is [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy "roughly equivalent to one of your Earth years."]] Though the Moon is the one place in the universe which is guaranteed to have ''the same'' average duration of "years" as Earth, Gamma-Spans could refer to sidereal years, which are longer than tropical years due to precession.
* Jor-El does this in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie, in his {{Video Will|s}}:

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* Spoofed in ''AmazonWomenOnTheMoon''.''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon''. The Queen of the eponymous moon-dwellers boasts that her civilization has existed for millions of "Gamma-Spans", and hastily exposits that a Gamma-Span is [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy "roughly equivalent to one of your Earth years."]] Though the Moon is the one place in the universe which is guaranteed to have ''the same'' average duration of "years" as Earth, Gamma-Spans could refer to sidereal years, which are longer than tropical years due to precession.
* Jor-El does this in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie, ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', in his {{Video Will|s}}:
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