The nature of time has fascinated humans from the earliest point it could be measured. People have been trying to divide and understand time, how it works, and how it can be harnessed since then. How time works is still not entirely understood: is it a physical phenomenon or a mental one? And will time ever stop?
Even now, we struggle with how to measure time. Countries end up with strange time zone maps, either having too many zones or not enough. We've tried altering how we approach weeks, months, and years, but always come back to the Earth rotating on its axis every 24 hours, and going around the sun every 365.25 days. After that, the nature of time becomes less practical and more theoretical.Here are some things you didn't know about time - from everyday experiences to the ultimate fate of the universe.
Time Passes Faster the Higher Up You Get
A Second is Not One-Sixtieth of a Minute
Dinosaurs Had More Days in Their Years than Humans
The Soviet Union Tried a Five-Day Week and It Failed
In 1929, a Soviet functionary proposed changing from the seven-day Gregorian calendar to a five-day week, in order to not have weekends with lowered production. The idea caught fire with Stalin, and he declared that all manufacturing and commercial enterprises must switch to the "continuous" week, with workers assigned a number and color that would correspond to their days off. An added benefit was to remove the shared worship day from the calendar, moving the country further away from organized religion.The effect was to isolate workers and families, who would be assigned different days off, and get little or no time for coordinated activities. Families broke down under the strain, and the experiment was ended in less than two years. But even then, the Supreme Soviet couldn't resist screwing around with the calendar, and the next eight years were spent on a calendar of five weeks per month, six days per week, with the sixth day being a shared day off. That lasted until June 1940.