General Chat Thread, Err i don't understand in General; British did not force this upon anyone.
"British mariners kept at least one timepiece on GMT in order to calculate ...
22nd April 2008, 03:44 PM #16
British did not force this upon anyone.
"British mariners kept at least one timepiece on GMT in order to calculate their longitude from the Greenwich meridian" when on the seas discovering places.
Other countries adopted this at there own free will. just like people do now with other things they like.
22nd April 2008, 05:43 PM #17
So hes invented a compass then? Bwhahaaaahahaha
The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Mecca from any point on Earth.
Found this too
How about that for segregation? Can you imagine telling muslims they were not allowed to visit a place just because they were non Christian?
The Masjid al Haram (Sacred Mosque) is for Muslims the holiest mosque on Earth. Both the mosque and the city itself are strictly off limits to non-Muslims.
22nd April 2008, 07:45 PM #18
Everything is based on UTC now isn't it? Only a few companies still refer to GMT for timezones. The scientific community most certainly use UTC - and via this, GPS uses it.
Originally Posted by Geoff
It doesn't matter that they are pretty much the same thing (well, they could be out by upto 0.9s as GMT GMT could be referring to UTC or UT1).
22nd April 2008, 08:37 PM #19
Just had a nosey on Wiki (yes i know)
All i can say is bloody typical :-)
English speakers and French speakers each wanted the initials of their respective languages' terms to be used internationally: "CUT" for "coordinated universal time" and "TUC" for "temps universel coordonné". This resulted in the final compromise of using "UTC
22nd April 2008, 09:24 PM #20
Nonsense. GMT is simply the correct time, at all times. Even the Zulus used it, apparently.
He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.
22nd April 2008, 09:34 PM #21
Well UTC or UT is simply the correct time, at all times GMT isn't really used anymore officially not since 1971 i think (although they are almost exactly the same time).
22nd April 2008, 11:12 PM #22
23rd April 2008, 09:40 AM #23
Sorry one eye on the footy at the time :-)
23rd April 2008, 10:15 AM #24
I use Chuck Norris Time
If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds till." After you ask, "Two seconds to what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face.
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