Two times a day, digital clocks display my new favorite times of day: 8:14 AM; and 8:14 PM. Digital clocks that show hours, minutes, and seconds — such as the Apple iPhone Clock Pro Free app (shown below) — display my favorite times as 8:14:54 AM and 8:14:54 PM. Are you curious about the significance of these times? 08/14/1954 is my birthday!
I still like my old favorite times of day, but since the word “favorite” is defined as “preferred before all others of the same kind” (Credit: Apple Dictionary widget), 12:34:56 AM/PM have been reclassified as “times of day I really like.”
Are You Clock Wise? Did you know that “a.m.” and “p.m.” mean “ante meridiem” and “post meridiem,” respectively? In other words, before- and after the Sun crosses your meridian (line of longitude). Note that the time of day is neither a.m. nor p.m. when the Sun is directly over either your meridian or anti-meridian. (Refer to graphics captions, shown above, for proper nomenclature.) Ever wonder, “Why is ‘Clockwise’ clockwise?” In the Northern Hemisphere, shadows cast by the Sun move in a clockwise direction; as a result, the hands of analog clocks (see clock faces, shown above) are made to move in the same direction. In fact, the word “hour” means “the day” or “Sun’s path.”
Posted from Arlington, Virginia, United States.