Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 14:52:41 -0400
After listening to you this morning and noting how pressed you are for time,
I decided to give you a copy of what I consider to be the real solution to the
time problem in scouting.
-Steve Hoar, T-8, Newark
TIME AND HOW WE SEE IT
When we examine the means by which we measure time in the United States we are
forced to the conclusion that whoever devised the current system was under the
influence of adverse forces from outside the rational world. Lets take a look
at what we use.
It all starts out neatly enough but soon degenerates into chaos;
60 seconds equal a minute
60 minutes equal an hour
(so far so good but look what happens next)
24 hours equal a day
And it takes 7 days to equal a week
But the amount of time in the next higher unit is variable as
A month varies in length from 4 to 4.42 weeks!
Then the 12 (variable length) months are shoehorned into a year of 365 days.
But, a year is 365 days only 75% of the time with some being a few seconds
longer than 366 with the innovation of the leap second!
Now, don't forget how the week fits into the year, overall there are 52.143
weeks in the year.
(We won't even talk about a fortnight which nobody understands. And how about
the system that has been invented to help catch up...Daylight savings time!
Even in Indiana they don't believe that one.)
With a system for measuring time like this it is a wonder we know what day it
I propose that we change over to a system based on the European and Japanese
(after all, aren't we trying to catch up with the Japanese) system of
measurement. (Metrics) It offers a very logical and easy to follow pattern.
100 Seconds in a minute.
100 Minutes in an hour.
100 Hours in a day.
10 Days in a week.
10 Weeks (100 days) in a month.
10 Months in a year.
10 years in a decade.
10 decades in a century.
Lets take a look at the advantages:
-Legal adulthood (and the drinking age) is now at age 7.66
-You can retire at age 23.7!
-People will seldom get older than 29 and never past 39.
-Employers will like the eight workdays before each two day weekend.
-It will save money as buying Christmas/Birthday presents as the frequency of
expensive holidays will be reduced by a factor of 2.74.
-It will be easy to catch up on backlogged work as the workday will now be 33
hours long. It will really enhance productivity.
-Leisure will be enhanced as we will now have 66 hours per day away from the
-A summer vacation of 4 weeks will now be 40 days long instead of the old
standard of 28 days.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City