I thought about this a day before christmas of 2012 and I have wanted to post it for quite some time.
Having discussed the measurement of time with a couple of friends, I came to the conclusion, that we aren't actually in 2012 (at the time), now being
not in 2013...
The reason for this is our time scale is wrong.
We measure days in 24 hours, years in 365 days... Discounting of course our Leap Years that are supposed to make up the difference (which they do
Undisputed, check your watch or time piece
However, according to Earth, it takes 23hrs, 56mins and 4 seconds to complete a single turn, which gives us a time discrepancy of 236 seconds or 3
minutes and 56 seconds.
And it takes 365.256363004 days to make one complete 360° orbit of our Sun.
My initial thought was how do our watches keep pace and how do we not go out of sync with the planet?
IE if we are over counting by nearly 4 minutes, over the span of a month, Noon would actually be only around 10am... compounding as time went on...
yet it doesn't?
I wonder if watches are made with this discrepancy in mind and automatically compensates?
Anyway, I decided to run the numbers on how many seconds, minutes, hours, days and years have actually passed since Year 0.
This is what it came to;
687,061 ACTUAL days VS 735,261 counted by our inferior measurement...
So instead of it actually being 2013, we are actually in the year 1881.
Quite an amusing number and quite a large discrepancy no?
Just for giggles... I ran my age through the calculator and instead of being 31, I am actually 29 Earth Years.
Now I know a lot of people hate it when Wiki is referenced... but in this context, I am sure it will be acceptable
How could we have got it so wrong?
Oh I know how... Convenience of the 24 hour cycle to make everything neat and tidy...