Someone on The Sun has actually studied some history!

Via, their entry for today:

From next year, Britain will move to a system with 10 hours in a day and 100 units in an hour – doing away with the old minute completely. Downing Street is yet to announce whether they intend to oppose the ruling by EU officials or whether MPs will get a chance to vote on the proposed changes. Souo Mestre, the EU planner who oversaw the changeover in Portugal and Spain in 2007, insists that the new time standard will allow for a better work and home life balance.

This is, of course, the old French Revolution idea of decimal time.

But hey, we\’ve had to adopt the French Revolution idea of decimal weights, so why not?

6 thoughts on “My Lord”

  1. Well Tim, because the second is also an SI unit – so those crafty French have managed to ‘decimalize’ time after all!

    Still we could go back to the old system whereby the yard was defined to be from the tip of the king’s snout to the end of his fingers.

    I’ll bet you a firkin of ale that that won’t happen.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    Actually they need to start with something a little more annoying but less trouble for the general public – I think they need to standardise g. I mean 9.8 is so difficult to work with. It would not be hard either – just make the gravity of the Earth be 10 metres/sec^2 from now on.

  3. At the risk of annoying Scott Adams’ Pastor and millions of other fundamentalists may I offer this gem from the Bible (Authorised Version):

    1 Kings, 7:23

    And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

    So pi isn’t 3.14 approx.

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