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Did you ever wonder why we have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day? It's because one of the very earliest human civilizations, the Sumerians, had a numerical system based on the number twelve, unlike ours, which is based on ten. So we got time interval measurements based on multiples of twelves. Who knew?


Asked by Ballad at 1:28 AM on Mar. 10, 2013 in Just for Fun

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Answers (9)
  • history of the world in 2 hours!

    Answer by feralxat at 1:54 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • Interesting.

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 1:33 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • Cool! I didn't know that! And now, I do!

    Answer by 29again at 3:34 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • Way to go Sumerians!

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:31 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • I thought there would be some mention of a whale penis here....
    Denied AGAIN!!

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 7:47 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • i kind of knew, as in id heard it somewhere before, but forgot it lol

    Answer by san78 at 8:32 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • Well, I learned something new today. Thanks- I will have to share this little tidbit w/ my 10 y/o. She likes learning things like that. :)

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 8:44 AM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • LOL thanks for the info

    Answer by Alisim at 7:46 PM on Mar. 10, 2013

  • Yup.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 3:06 AM on Mar. 10, 2013