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# Sixteen O’Clock

Divide the day into sixteen hours
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But don’t call it hexadecimal time or something so painfully nerdy. Keep the seconds the same duration, keep the minutes the same duration, only there are different amounts of both. They’re still called seconds and minutes. Hours: instead of twelve and then another twelve, have sixteen.

This would fit our natural attention cycles, and many other of our circadian rhythms fall into 45 minute zero crossing / 90 minute peak-to-peak interval durations. The current hour is a ridiculous duration, it doesn’t fit our body’s organisation process well at all.

 — Ian Tindale, Mar 28 2015

 You have managed a bit of self-inflicted gunshot injury to the foot, methinks.

If there are sixteen hours in a day, then there will be no sixteen o'clock.
 — MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 28 2015

But there’s twelve o’clock currently, so I’ll be having a sixteen o’clock in the same manner.
 — Ian Tindale, Mar 28 2015

Frankly, this whole scheme looks suspiciously like the French Prandial Time, which was devised to allow the traditional 4 hour French lunch-break to fit within the traditional 4 hour French working day.
 — MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 28 2015

But a day has twenty four hours..... making eight o'clock the same equivalent as twelve o'clock in a sixteen hour day methinks. (Joins in the attack as an excuse to promote idea of having pi hours in a day, based on geometric ratios of circles, with moving arcs describing time in a way that no one can really enumerate exactly.)
 — xenzag, Mar 28 2015

 // Keep the seconds the same duration, keep the minutes the same duration, only there are different amounts of both. //

I don't see how that's possible. The second is the same, and the minute is the same, but the relationship between them is different?
 — notexactly, Mar 28 2015

 In the US, on 12 hour time, we do refer to midnight as 12:00, 15 minutes later as 12:15. I know on 24 hour time, it tends to be referred to as 0:15. But since there would be no difference under this plan, you could just use the US model.

As far as the plan, 16 divides evenly by 2, 4 and 8. 24 divides evenly by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12. That's an advantage for 24 hour time. The recommended 8 hours of sleep, or the nominal work day is 1/3 of a day. That 5.333333 repeating under this plan.
 — MechE, Mar 28 2015

 In trying to understand the prefaced aversion to painful nerdiness, I visited Ian Tindale's idea page.

I am very much no closer to understanding.
 — bungston, Mar 29 2015

So you would have to work twelve hours (8 of your new ones) before getting time and a half ? I don't think the unions will be pleased. A lunch hour would be how long ? 1/16 of the day instead of 1/24th ?
 — popbottle, Mar 29 2015

Well I say bravo, at least you picked an even number. A + for effort. (Is that the equivalent to a suicide note, on your idea page?)
 — blissmiss, Mar 29 2015

So, if we want to find advanced alien societies, we program the telescopes to look for solar systems where a planet's diurnal cycle is a power-of-2 division of the year.
 — FlyingToaster, Mar 29 2015

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