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* The transdimensional aliens (Conceptoids) from ''WebComic/AwfulHospital'' scorn the concept of time altogether and always mock Fern right to her face for using it. They measure by [[{{Microts}} layers,]] which only pass when they want them to. Or something. Layers are a kind of TimeyWimeyBall and a "[[PunyEarthlings Greyzoner]]" would only get a migrane trying to figure them out because of a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers.

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* The transdimensional aliens (Conceptoids) (every last one of which are minor {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in their own right) from ''WebComic/AwfulHospital'' scorn the concept of time altogether and always mock Fern right to her face for using it. They measure by [[{{Microts}} layers,]] which only pass when they want them to. Or something. Layers are a kind of TimeyWimeyBall and a "[[PunyEarthlings Greyzoner]]" would only get a migrane trying to figure them out because of a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers. As far as we can tell, a layer is a page of Awful Hospital, no matter how long or how quick it takes to read it.

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* The transdimensional aliens (Conceptoids) from ''WebComic/AwfulHospital'' scorn the concept of time altogether and always mock Fern right to her face for using it. They measure by [[{{Microts}} layers,]] which only pass when they want them to. Or something. Layers are a kind of TimeyWimeyBall and a "[[PunyEarthlings Greyzoner]]" would only get a migrane trying to figure them out because of a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers.


* Before the metric system was adopted as the standard by most countries, 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" or "Geographische Meile" (ca. 7.5 km).

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* The metric and Imperial systems
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Before the metric system was adopted as the standard by most countries, 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" or "Geographische Meile" (ca. 7.5 km).



*** Not to mention the quirkiness of the imperial system gives us three different gallons (one British and two American, one liquid and one [rarely used] dry) and three different families for weights (avoirdupois weights for most things, troy weights for precious metals and the now obsolete apothecaries' weights for pharmaceuticals).

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*** ** Not to mention the quirkiness of the imperial system gives us three different gallons (one British and two American, one liquid and one [rarely used] dry) and three different families for weights (avoirdupois weights for most things, troy weights for precious metals and the now obsolete apothecaries' weights for pharmaceuticals).



* 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 a working schedule based on sols, not days - they start work about 40 minutes later every Earth day, and use Martian "hours" and "minutes" that are about 1.0275 times the length of their Earth equivalents. Many people working on the MER project had wristwatches specifically calibrated to Martian time.

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* Mars and Earth time
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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 a working schedule based on sols, not days - they start work about 40 minutes later every Earth day, and use Martian "hours" and "minutes" that are about 1.0275 times the length of their Earth equivalents. Many people working on the MER project had wristwatches specifically calibrated to Martian time.



* As odd as it sounds the British and Americans have/had different billions; in British English a billion is (or was) a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). ''Series/{{QI}}'' once looked into this and was curious which one the Bank of England uses, apparently the person answering the phone said it was sure to be English but double checked; returning to the phone to meekly confirm it was the American billion. Of course the same problem pops up with a Trillion too.
** 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).
*** That's even before you get to places like Israel, where they use the Short Scale, just like in the US... Except one thousand million is called a ''milyard''. One million million is still unambigiously called a ''trilyon'', but there's still the [[JewsLoveToArgue inevitable]] agruments over whether one thousand million million is a ''trilayrd'' or a ''quadrilyon''.
*** The Oxford English Dictionary still lists "milliard" as a synonym for "thousand million", noting that it is "largely superseded by billion". Presumably "billiard" and "trilliard" etc. would be acceptable constructions, but the former already has an entirely unrelated meaning.

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* Billions and Trillions
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As odd as it sounds the British and Americans have/had different billions; in British English a billion is (or was) a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). ''Series/{{QI}}'' once looked into this and was curious which one the Bank of England uses, apparently the person answering the phone said it was sure to be English but double checked; returning to the phone to meekly confirm it was the American billion. Of course the same problem pops up with a Trillion too.
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too. 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).
*** ** That's even before you get to places like Israel, where they use the Short Scale, just like in the US... Except one thousand million is called a ''milyard''. One million million is still unambigiously called a ''trilyon'', but there's still the [[JewsLoveToArgue inevitable]] agruments over whether one thousand million million is a ''trilayrd'' or a ''quadrilyon''.
*** ** The Oxford English Dictionary still lists "milliard" as a synonym for "thousand million", noting that it is "largely superseded by billion". Presumably "billiard" and "trilliard" etc. would be acceptable constructions, but the former already has an entirely unrelated meaning.


* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series mostly has a very well-thought-out galactic culture, so it's truly strange in the third game, when everyone starts going out of their way to give units of time in "solar days" (it's unlikely to be TranslationConvention, either, since they're all round numbers). Why not Citadel Days, or Thessia Days? No explanation is ever given.
** This point is spoofed in [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=090511 this Awkward Zombie strip]].

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* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series mostly has a very well-thought-out galactic culture, so it's truly strange in the third game, when everyone starts going out of their way to give units of time in "solar days" (it's unlikely to be TranslationConvention, either, since they're all round numbers). Why not Citadel Days, or Thessia Days? No explanation is ever given.
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given. This point is spoofed in [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=090511 this Awkward Zombie strip]].


* In the {{Trope Namer|s}} ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', the commander of the Vogon Contructor fleet addresses everyone on Earth. He 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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* In the The {{Trope Namer|s}} ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', the commander of the Vogon Contructor fleet addresses everyone on Earth. Earth.
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He 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.



* Ax, the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''' resident alien, always gives time intervals in "your minutes" -- no matter how many times the others tell him not to do so. In later books he develops a sense of fun about it.
-->'''Ax:''' We have twenty-six of your minutes left.\\

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* Ax, the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''' resident alien, always gives time intervals in "your minutes" -- no matter how many times the others tell him not to do so. so.
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In later books he develops a sense of fun about it.
-->'''Ax:''' --->'''Ax:''' We have twenty-six of your minutes left.\\


* The Creator/EdWood B-Movie ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' has an alien refer to "a can of your gasoline." Apparently, gasoline exists nowhere else, or he's digging at the quality of Earth gasoline. Or, maybe he's just poorly written.

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* The Creator/EdWood Creator/EdWood's B-Movie ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' has an ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''
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alien refer refers to "a can of your gasoline." Apparently, gasoline exists nowhere else, or he's digging at the quality of Earth gasoline. Or, maybe he's just poorly written.



* In ''Film/MenInBlack'' the Arquellian message displaying a timer labeled "Earth Time Remaining", counting down the hour.
-->'''Arquellians''': Return [[MacGuffin the Galaxy]] to us or Earth will be destroyed. [[ApologeticAttacker Sorry.]]

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* In ''Film/MenInBlack'' the ''Film/MenInBlack''
** The
Arquellian message displaying displays a timer labeled "Earth Time Remaining", counting down the hour.
-->'''Arquellians''': --->'''Arquellians''': Return [[MacGuffin the Galaxy]] to us or Earth will be destroyed. [[ApologeticAttacker Sorry.]]



* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' overlaps with SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Kro-Bar''': Aliens? Us? Is this one of your Earth jokes?\\

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* ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra'' ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''
** The original movie
overlaps with SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->'''Kro-Bar''': --->'''Kro-Bar''': Aliens? Us? Is this one of your Earth jokes?\\


* In ''Series/{{Battlestar 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'?"
** Likewise in "Experiment in Terra", when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":

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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', it's ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica''
** The original series ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''
*** It's
{{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Greetings From Earth" where the Terran colonist asks, "Wait just a minute, what's a 'centon'?"
** Likewise *** Likewise, in "Experiment in Terra", when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":



** In the re-imagined 2003 series, they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.

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** In the re-imagined 2003 series, series ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.

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* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' episode "Visitors from Beyond the Stars". Space aliens come to the Earth in 1885 to steal all food supplies. When the aliens enter a town, they order the human inhabitants to gather all livestock within 10 Earth miles of the town.

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* The ''Literature/XandriCorelel'' novel ''Tone of Voice'' contains two examples.
** One of the Voices says, "We have talked it over for many of what you call hours."
** Later, another character mentions being "ten Savarin years" older than another.


** A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan 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''?" (Presumably, he means in his home timezone.)
** "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E95HocusPocusAndFrisby Hocus-Pocus and Frisby]]". After Mr. Frisby is lured into a flying saucer, the aliens' leader tells him that they will be taking off in "fourteen minutes, by your measure of time".

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** A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in the episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan To Serve Man]]", when the human protagonist Michael Chambers, onboard a flying saucer in transit asks his alien Kanamit [[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 Chambers responds "What time is it ''on Earth''?" (Presumably, he means in his home timezone.)
Earth''?
** In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E95HocusPocusAndFrisby Hocus-Pocus and Frisby]]". After Mr. Frisby]]", after Somerset Frisby is lured into a flying saucer, FlyingSaucer, the aliens' leader tells him that they will be taking off in "fourteen minutes, by your measure of time".time."


** A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in the 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''?" (Presumably, he means in his home timezone.)
** "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". After Mr. Frisby is lured into a flying saucer, the aliens' leader tells him that they will be taking off in "fourteen minutes, by your measure of time".

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** A weird and somewhat baffling variation occurs in the episode "To "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E89ToServeMan To Serve Man", 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''?" (Presumably, he means in his home timezone.)
** "Hocus-Pocus "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E95HocusPocusAndFrisby Hocus-Pocus and Frisby".Frisby]]". After Mr. Frisby is lured into a flying saucer, the aliens' leader tells him that they will be taking off in "fourteen minutes, by your measure of time".





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-->'''Ax:''' We have twenty-six of your minutes left.
-->'''Marco:''' We're on Earth, Ax. They're ''everyone's'' minutes.
-->'''Ax:''' ''[quite deliberately]'' We now have twenty-five of ''your'' minutes.

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-->'''Ax:''' We have twenty-six of your minutes left.
-->'''Marco:'''
left.\\
'''Marco:'''
We're on Earth, Ax. They're ''everyone's'' minutes.
-->'''Ax:'''
minutes.\\
'''Ax:'''
''[quite deliberately]'' We now have twenty-five of ''your'' minutes.



--->"...fifteen of your miles."
--->"You don't have to say 'your miles'. They're everybody's miles."
--->"What about the countries that use kilometers? See? I am learning!"

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--->"...fifteen of your miles."
--->"You
"\\
"You
don't have to say 'your miles'. They're everybody's miles."
--->"What
"\\
"What
about the countries that use kilometers? See? I am learning!"



---->'''Ax''': We have seventeen minutes left.
---->'''Marco''': (after a pause) Seventeen ''minutes''?
---->'''Ax''': (correcting himself) Seventeen of your Earth minutes.

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---->'''Ax''': --->'''Ax''': We have seventeen minutes left.
---->'''Marco''':
left.\\
'''Marco''':
(after a pause) Seventeen ''minutes''?
---->'''Ax''':
''minutes''?\\
'''Ax''':
(correcting himself) Seventeen of your Earth minutes.



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* In ''Series/{{Battlestar 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'?"
** Likewise in "Experiment in Terra", when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":
--->'''Brenda:''' Whatever that is, I hope it's less than an hour.
** In the re-imagined 2003 series, they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.
* In a sketch on ''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.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Justified when the HumanAliens are implied to be the descendants of colonists from Earth.
-->'''Pella:''' There's a switch. When the door is closed, every forty-eight hours Dorian must say a code word to reset the timing.\\
'''Vila:''' Is that forty-eight hours Standard Time?\\
'''Pella:''' Earth Standard Time. This planet is very like Earth, I think. That is why the Seska came here.
* In the ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode "Flight of the War Witch," a Draconian reports tracking a Terran starfighter which is traveling "at a fraction of their light speed." ''Their'' light speed? Terrans have ''their own'' light speed?
* Spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as Xander twists his and Willow's infidelity to their significant others to be their fault - Buffy comments "Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] has the Daleks referring to time in "Earth minutes", even when they are talking among themselves and there are no humans present.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster "The Time Monster"]] inverts it. The serial featured a rather phallic device (seriously, [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Time_Monster_1-6_avi-20080703-075830_3722.jpg it must be seen to be believed]]) for detecting the Master's TARDIS which was calibrated in feet and miles... only they were Venusian feet and miles.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E3TheCreatureFromThePit "The Creature from the Pit"]]: Erato tells the Doctor to hold the beam for "five of your seconds" even though the Doctor is no more from Earth than it is.
** A very silly example in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of the Daleks"]]. Just as the gamma radiation is about to strike the Empire State Building, the Daleks declare there are "40 Rels left" then immediately starts counting down in seconds! What, is the Rel just the Skaro term for second?
*** A non-canonical 1966 feature film implied that there were precisely 50 rels to an Earth minute, making one exactly 1.2 seconds.
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "Hunter's Moon". Professor Robinson is told that [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the hunt he will be forced to be a part]] of will last sixty Earth minutes.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''
** "Nightmare": One of the POW's arms is completely shattered. While the Ebonite interrogator is talking to two United Earth officers, he says that the POW will not regain the use of his arm "for a year or more in your measure" (i.e. Earth time).
** "Second Chance": The alien tells a retired physicist that an asteroid is going to hit his home planet of Empyria. When the physicist asks him when the collision will occur, the alien says "In your time scale, 82 years".
* Played for laughs in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Emohawk";
-->'''Kryten''': They're giving us five hanaka to decide.\\
'''Rimmer''': How long's a hanaka?\\
'''Kryten''': Curiously enough, the same as one Earth minute.\\
'''The Cat''': Five hanaka? That only gives us twenty-eight hours!
* ''Series/SheSpies'' episode 11. "He was supposed to be here three of your American days ago."
* The Imperial Master in ''Series/StarFleet'' informs his subordinates that they have two Earth months to complete their mission, despite the fact that there's no reason to use their enemy's time system when talking to each other...



-->'''[=McCoy=].''' Isn't it a little unusual for a Vulcan to retire at your age? After all, you're only a hundred and two.
-->'''Sarek.''' One hundred two point four three seven precisely, Doctor, measured in your years.

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-->'''[=McCoy=].''' --->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Isn't it a little unusual for a Vulcan to retire at your age? After all, you're only a hundred and two.
-->'''Sarek.'''
two.\\
'''Sarek:'''
One hundred two point four three seven precisely, Doctor, measured in your years.



-->'''Commissioner Bele''': For fifty thousand of your terrestrial years, I have been pursuing Lokai through the galaxy.

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-->'''Commissioner --->'''Commissioner Bele''': For fifty thousand of your terrestrial years, I have been pursuing Lokai through the galaxy.



-->'''High Adviser Plasus''': I've been here nearly an hour of your Earth time.

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-->'''High --->'''High Adviser Plasus''': I've been here nearly an hour of your Earth time.



-->'''Balok''': We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as "minutes" to make preparations.

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-->'''Balok''': --->'''Balok''': We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as "minutes" to make preparations.



-->'''Sub-commander Tal''': We give you one of your hours. If you do not surrender your ship at the end of that time, your destruction is certain.

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-->'''Sub-commander --->'''Sub-commander Tal''': We give you one of your hours. If you do not surrender your ship at the end of that time, your destruction is certain.



-->'''Apollo''': We knew your Earth well, five thousand of your years ago.

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-->'''Apollo''': --->'''Apollo''': We knew your Earth well, five thousand of your years ago.



* In a sketch on ''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.
* The Imperial Master in ''Series/StarFleet'' informs his subordinates that they have two Earth months to complete their mission, despite the fact that there's no reason to use their enemy's time system when talking to each other...
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'': Triton and other seafolk use Marine Minutes and Marine Seconds, and call their timespans such, even with no humans around.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** A very silly example in "Daleks in Manhattan". Just as the gamma radiation is about to strike the Empire State Building, the Daleks declare there are '40 Rels left' then immediately starts counting down in seconds! What, is the Rel just the Skaro term for second?
*** A non-canonical 1966 feature film implied that there were precisely 50 rels to an Earth minute, making one exactly 1.2 seconds.
** The inverse of this happens in another episode. "The Time Monster" featured a rather phallic device (seriously, [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Time_Monster_1-6_avi-20080703-075830_3722.jpg it must be seen to be believed]]) for detecting the Master's TARDIS which was calibrated in feet and miles... only they were Venusian feet and miles.
** And in the episode "The Creature from the Pit" Erato tells the Doctor to hold the beam for "five of your seconds" -- even though the Doctor is no more from Earth than it is.
** "The Chase" has the Daleks referring to time in "Earth minutes", even when they are talking among themselves and there are no humans present.
* ''Series/SheSpies'' episode 11. "He was supposed to be here three of your American days ago."
* Played for laughs in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Emohawk";
-->'''Kryten''': They're giving us five hanaka to decide.
-->'''Rimmer''': How long's a hanaka?
-->'''Kryten''': Curiously enough, the same as one Earth minute.
-->'''The Cat''': Five hanaka? That only gives us twenty-eight hours!
* Spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as Xander twists his and Willow's infidelity to their significant others to be their fault - Buffy comments "Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic."
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar 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'?"
** Likewise in "Experiment in Terra," when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":
---> '''Brenda:''' Whatever that is, I hope it's less than an hour.
** In the re-imagined 2003 series, they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.
* In the ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode "Flight of the War Witch," a Draconian reports tracking a Terran starfighter which is traveling "at a fraction of their light speed." ''Their'' light speed? Terrans have ''their own'' light speed?
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "Hunter's Moon". Professor Robinson is told that [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the hunt he will be forced to be a part]] of will last sixty Earth minutes.

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* In a sketch on ''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.
* The Imperial Master in ''Series/StarFleet'' informs his subordinates that they have two Earth months to complete their mission, despite the fact that there's no reason to use their enemy's time system when talking to each other...
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Stingray 1964}}'': ''Series/Stingray1964'': Triton and other seafolk use Marine Minutes and Marine Seconds, and call their timespans such, even with no humans around.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** A very silly example in "Daleks in Manhattan". Just as the gamma radiation is about to strike the Empire State Building, the Daleks declare there are '40 Rels left' then immediately starts counting down in seconds! What, is the Rel just the Skaro term for second?
*** A non-canonical 1966 feature film implied that there were precisely 50 rels to an Earth minute, making one exactly 1.2 seconds.
** The inverse of this happens in another episode. "The Time Monster" featured a rather phallic device (seriously, [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Time_Monster_1-6_avi-20080703-075830_3722.jpg it must be seen to be believed]]) for detecting the Master's TARDIS which was calibrated in feet and miles... only they were Venusian feet and miles.
** And in the episode "The Creature from the Pit" Erato tells the Doctor to hold the beam for "five of your seconds" -- even though the Doctor is no more from Earth than it is.
** "The Chase" has the Daleks referring to time in "Earth minutes", even when they are talking among themselves and there are no humans present.
* ''Series/SheSpies'' episode 11. "He was supposed to be here three of your American days ago."
* Played for laughs in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Emohawk";
-->'''Kryten''': They're giving us five hanaka to decide.
-->'''Rimmer''': How long's a hanaka?
-->'''Kryten''': Curiously enough, the same as one Earth minute.
-->'''The Cat''': Five hanaka? That only gives us twenty-eight hours!
* Spoofed in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as Xander twists his and Willow's infidelity to their significant others to be their fault - Buffy comments "Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic."
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar 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'?"
** Likewise in "Experiment in Terra," when Starbuck tells a different colonist he'll be back in a "centar":
---> '''Brenda:''' Whatever that is, I hope it's less than an hour.
** In the re-imagined 2003 series, they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.
* In the ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' episode "Flight of the War Witch," a Draconian reports tracking a Terran starfighter which is traveling "at a fraction of their light speed." ''Their'' light speed? Terrans have ''their own'' light speed?
* ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "Hunter's Moon". Professor Robinson is told that [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the hunt he will be forced to be a part]] of will last sixty Earth minutes.
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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''
** Episode "Nightmare". During the episode, one of the POW's arms is completely shattered. While the Ebonite interrogator is talking to two United Earth officers, he says that the POW will not regain the use of his arm "for a year or more in your measure" (i.e. Earth time).
** Episode "Second Chance". The alien tells a retired physicist that an asteroid is going to hit his home planet of Empyria. When the physicist asks him when the collision will occur, the alien says "In your time scale, 82 years".
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Justified when the HumanAliens are implied to be the descendants of colonists from Earth.
-->'''Pella:''' There's a switch. When the door is closed, every forty-eight hours Dorian must say a code word to reset the timing.\\
'''Vila:''' Is that forty-eight hours Standard Time?\\
'''Pella:''' Earth Standard Time. This planet is very like Earth, I think. That is why the Seska came here.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the Skrull leader say that they have been holding Captain America for two of their Earth months.
* 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. Unfreeze one of his clones!" Also, Mark says he is getting a reading "50,000 Yugopotamian miles from here!" Earth units? 2 inches.



* Happens sometimes in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': one line has Kiva mentioning a place far away, to which Jersey City native Jamie says "Far as in Planet of the Alien Bounty Babes, or far as in Hoboken?"
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', the Propulsions tend to talk like this. For example, in "Jet Cooks Dinner", Celery says that 6 Bortronian months is the equivalent of one Earth hour.



* Happens sometimes in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': one line has Kiva mentioning a place far away, to which Jersey City native Jamie says "Far as in Planet of the Alien Bounty Babes, or far as in Hoboken?".
* 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. 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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* Happens sometimes in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': one line has Kiva mentioning a place far away, to which Jersey City native Jamie says "Far as in Planet of the Alien Bounty Babes, or far as in Hoboken?".
* 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. Unfreeze one of his clones!" Also, Mark says he is getting ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper" featured [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a reading "50,000 Yugopotamian miles robot from here!" Earth units? 2 inches.the future]] named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.
* ''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!"



* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper" featured [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a robot from the future]] named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the Skrull leader say that they have been holding Captain America for two of their Earth months.
* ''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!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', the Propulsions tend to talk like this. For example, in "Jet Cooks Dinner", Celery says that 6 Bortronian months is the equivalent of one Earth hour.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper" featured [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a robot from the future]] named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E21CatchAndRelease "Catch and putting "hu-man" Release"]], when [[spoiler:Peridot]] ends up hiding in front Steven's bathroom, she, bizarrely, describes it as having "a fresh hint of nouns.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the Skrull leader say that they have been holding Captain America for two of their
Earth months.
* ''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!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', the Propulsions tend to talk like this. For example, in "Jet Cooks Dinner", Celery says
citrus", implying that 6 Bortronian months citrus is the equivalent of one Earth hour.something she's encountered both on ''and'' off Earth.


* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper" featured [[Film/{{Terminator}} a robot from the future]] named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapper Keeper" featured [[Film/{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} a robot from the future]] named "Creator/BillCosby" who kept slipping up and putting "hu-man" in front of nouns.

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** Similarly, a Mars year is around twice as long as a Earth year (686.98 Earth days or 668.5991 sols), split up into 4 seasons of varying lengths. For scientific purposes, the beginning of the Northern Spring Equinox of 1955 is considered "Year 1" of the Martian calendar. While many people have tried to create imaginative calendar systems with Earth-like months, the lack of an Earth-like Moon makes such a thing much more arbitrary, so none have yet to catch on. Regardless, it's likely that a future Martian colony would need to use an entirely different timekeeping system then that on Earth, making this trope very much a reality.

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