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Why isn't 'time' part of the metric system and why don't we make it metric?

Asked by jcs007 (1765points) July 15th, 2008

I like moving the decimal place in metric system. It’s easy. But noooo. Whoever came up with the day, hour, and minute didn’t take into account the ease of converting one into the other.

Can anyone tell me, offhand, how many minutes are in 2 years? Well, if we implement my version of metric time: 10 minutes in an hour, 100 minutes in a day, 1000 minutes in a month, and 10000 minutes in a year; so the answer would be 20000 minutes.

Of course there are many logistics and kinks and scientific measurements to be made, but would time be a good thing to make metric?

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marinelife's avatar

Umm, the length of the year is based on the revolution of the Earth around the sun.

jetpilot8's avatar

Just get a binary clock and view your day in binary, keeps you on your toes….but I know, its not metric…interesting question though. I am all for more metric, but as mentioned soo many logistics.

soundedfury's avatar

There is already a metric time system. No one uses it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_time

El_Cadejo's avatar

@jetpilot8 my wrist watch is binary. I love it, and im the only one who can read the damn thing ^_^

8lightminutesaway's avatar

@Marina… I think you could base the system on one year being a revolution around the sun, and then split that up into 10 months or something. you’d still have 365 days, which you divide into 10 hours or something…. yeah it doesn’t really work.

jetpilot8's avatar

@uberbatman that is sweet! I have one, but not a wrist watch (jealous sigh)

@soundedfury THANKS on my way to check that out right away

@jcs007 sorry, done high jacking your thread / question

rdwire's avatar

The current time system is practically use everywhere in world. It’s a major advantage compare to the metric system.

Lightlyseared's avatar

er… metric time doesn’t start till you get to the second and below and who wants to measure their work day in milliseconds and nanoseconds. I personally measure the amount of time I’m at work in ice-ages (or on a bad day leap ice-ages).

dragonflyfaith's avatar

Isn’t it enough that we have military time, daylight savings time and time zones? Why complicate things further?

Lightlyseared's avatar

But still we never have enough time!

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