×
top 200 commentsshow 500

[–]iinaytanii 3927 points3928 points  (103 children)

Before clocks it was referred to as "sunwise" not "clockwise."

[–]myrstacken 1344 points1345 points  (69 children)

Literally the Swedish name, medsols and motsols.

[–]Obscure90sCharacter 390 points391 points  (58 children)

What does mot mean?

[–]feanarosurion 691 points692 points  (43 children)

Med = with, mot = against. So literally with sun, against sun.

[–]Lenny_Here 127 points128 points  (41 children)

Med = with, mot = against. So literally with sun, against sun.

Motley Crue... Against the crew?

[–]Really_Despises_Cats 138 points139 points  (38 children)

But they spell it Mötley Crüe.

Möt in swedish is meet though.

Also the letter ö is pronounced like the ea in earth, if you wanted to know.

[–]BearKurt 40 points41 points  (23 children)

The "ea" in earth. Do you mean the "ear"? Like the "ur" in hurt?

[–]hanimal16 69 points70 points  (6 children)

Sort of, but without the “r” sound. To make the sound, you sort of separate your lips and make the sound from the back of your throat— If that makes sense.

Fun fact: The word for “island” is just ö. The word for “Iceland” is island.

[–]BearKurt 39 points40 points  (1 child)

im trying it now, looking like an idiot making noises at the breakfast table, hahaha thanks mate

[–]Shadoph 36 points37 points  (10 children)

Just the u in hurt. No 'r'.

The i in sir.

The ea in Earth.

Etc...

[–]Trippersv 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I can pronounce those word in so many different ways that sound correct to me that I really don't get how ö is pronounced. But apparently not like in German.

[–]XXIV_7 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Ö is also pronounced that way in German o.O

[–]Ameisen1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Note to you guys - this is only accurate for British English. American English pronounces them differently.

Hurt in RP: hɜːt

Hurt in AE: hɝt

Ö: /øː/

[–]puns4life 81 points82 points  (10 children)

Counter-sunwise

[–]Hykr 20 points21 points  (8 children)

So motsols = counter-sunwise-sunwise?

[–]Obscure90sCharacter 20 points21 points  (3 children)

No, from other more specific replies I got, mot means against, so against sun.

[–]jumpedupjesusmose 13 points14 points  (2 children)

You're assuming sols = sunwise. Could be some sorta fish. So maybe motsols = "counter-sunwise mackerel".

[–]carlsaganblessyou 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"Med" is gonna mean "with". So "with sun" and "against sun".

[–]PeterSR 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Against, opposite of.

[–]Hemmagossen 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I normally use ”medurs” and ”moturs” though. Who knows in what direction the sun goes?

[–]Gulanga 9 points10 points  (1 child)

"With sun", "Against sun" for non-Swedes.

[–]pokyballs 127 points128 points  (12 children)

"counter clockwise" was referred to as "widdershins"!

[–]AnExplosiveMonkey 31 points32 points  (6 children)

And here I assumed Pratchett just made that up out of nothing. Shows me.

[–]Revan343 19 points20 points  (3 children)

I generally assume that Pratchett's nonsense words are real

[–]Explosion_Jones 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Pratchett thought words were fun.

[–]mark-five 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Everyone thinks Pratchett's words are fun.

[–]Phytor 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Reflected sounds of underground spirits

[–]Zouden 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Before clocks it was referred to as "sunwise" not "clockwise."

Oh! Years ago I read about how sailors always braided ropes "sunwise", meaning clockwise, and for about 20 years now I've been wondering how the fuck sunwise meant clockwise. Thanks!

[–]mr_usher 6453 points6454 points  (456 children)

Clocks run from left to right between 9:00 and 3:00, other half it's right to left.

[–]sandscript 1825 points1826 points  (86 children)

This guy thinks.

[–]NoahHaders 2047 points2048 points  (62 children)

Basically, clocks rotate clockwise.

[–]APsWhoopinRoom 563 points564 points  (22 children)

Mind = blown

[–]Whatsthemattermark 137 points138 points  (17 children)

Blown = slang for sucky suck job

[–]glassjoe92 127 points128 points  (11 children)

Very good, Mr. President. Now, why don't we put our phones away and head on down to the fairway?

[–]DaleTheHuman 14 points15 points  (1 child)

That's why they call them clocks.

[–]babygrenade 6 points7 points  (0 children)

except for that one in Bolivia

[–]donaldsw 388 points389 points  (259 children)

This is why “righty tighty lefty loosey “ always confused the fuck out of me as a kid

[–]LostWoodsInTheField 207 points208 points  (42 children)

Agreed. Specially as a dyslexic. Someone finally told me 'go clockwise' and it clicked what to do and I for a brief moment hated everyone who screamed 'turn it right!'.

[–]ima420r 136 points137 points  (17 children)

"Clockwise tighty, Counter clockwise loosey" doesn't have the same ring to it.

[–]TheKanyeRanger 162 points163 points  (7 children)

Clockwise is lockwise is what I was taught

[–]ima420r 14 points15 points  (0 children)

That works pretty good, nice.

[–]motleystuff 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's way better!

[–]wtfnonamesavailable 34 points35 points  (8 children)

These damn millenials all have digital clocks now. How are they supposed to know what a clockwise is?

[–]rainbowbrite07 26 points27 points  (4 children)

We’ll have to integrate it into their children’s programming. https://i.imgur.com/70sIN0F.gif

[–]PlutoIs_Not_APlanet 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's 2018 though. There are no millennial children anymore.

[–]dutee 42 points43 points  (16 children)

And then when you are reaching around something and the screwdriver is on the far side of the screw from you: clockwise from your perspective is now loosey.

[–]aykcak 80 points81 points  (12 children)

You have to think from screwdrivers perspective, not yours

[–]shdwofgthm 50 points51 points  (4 children)

See the screwdriver. Feel the screwdriver. Be the screwdriver.

[–]zosobaggins 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I was just on the lookout for some left-handed girl called Lucy. Took a while for me to see the phrase written out or used in context. But in my mind there still exists that out-of-reach harlot, Lefty Lucy.

[–]themojomike 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lefty he can’t sing the blues all night long like he used to…

[–]Brickfoot 54 points55 points  (13 children)

This is why I was taught the "right hand rule" as a kid. Point with your right thumb and close your fingers; the way your fingers close is the way you turn the bolt. If you want to drive the bolt in then you point toward it, if you want to loosen you point away.

[–]zosobaggins 71 points72 points  (5 children)

If I recall right this is also how you figure out the direction of the magnetic field on a solenoid. But it has been a long time, please correct me if I'm wrong!

[–]thisvideoiswrong 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Yep, exactly right, or at least the field in the solenoid. Or anything else that uses a cross product. Safer way is to point your right thumb in the direction the current is going through the wire and then curl your fingers around, since the field will be opposite on opposite sides of the wire. For another example, if you want to get the force on a charged particle moving in a magnetic field, F=qv X B, you put your fingers in the direction of motion (v) curl them toward the direction of the magnetic field (B) and stick your thumb out to give the direction of the force (F).

[–]myth134 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I've wondered if it's any coincidence the way we thread screws/bolts/caps/etc is the same as the right hand rule for torque.

[–]thisvideoiswrong 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They're basically both arbitrary conventions. If we drew magnetic field lines from South to North or declared the electron positive and the proton negative it would reverse. Since most humans are right handed they're probably the more sensible conventions.

[–]NeShep 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This seems like a lot more to remember.

[–]thwinks 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Left and right as in, which way the screw would turn if it were a steering wheel

[–]Everyday_Im_Stedelen 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I actually remember getting in an argument with my dad over this as I told him he was turning it the wrong way. It quickly escalated and I am sure my dad was thinking "wow I have raised an idiot." Eventually I realized that I was wrong, but neither of us were smart enough to explain what we were thinking. Instead it was basically

"turn it to the left!"

"I am!"

"No that's right!"

"Are you stupid?!"

"No, turn it that way"

"no that's left"

"trust me!"

"....NEVER!"

Righty tighty can go fuck itself. It's clockwise or counter/anti clockwise with rotating objects. :|

[–]pikindaguy 8 points9 points  (3 children)

If you drive a car then turning right is always clockwise.

[–]jay1237 37 points38 points  (8 children)

We should come up with some kind of term that refers to the direction a typical clock dial turns.

[–]ianthenerd 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Even if we settled on a term, I'm sure we'd find a way to disagree on the term for the opposite direction.

[–]wkapp977 43 points44 points  (12 children)

The do run clockwise all the time, though.

[–]delecti 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Arguably all clocks run clockwise, even the anti-clockwise ones.

[–]steemwitness 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I've never seen a clock run

[–]helikestoreddit 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Mine ran away because I was winding him up too much

[–]BradleySigma 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It also runs top to bottom between 12:00 and 6:00.

[–]narwhalenthusiast 102 points103 points  (26 children)

If you stand on the hands the hands will always towards the right.

[–]fingawkward 160 points161 points  (7 children)

Unless its a really big clock, if you stand on the hands, you just break the clock.

[–]teejermiester 55 points56 points  (7 children)

Depends on the direction you're looking

[–]Exaskryz 17 points18 points  (5 children)

If I face the center of the clock, I'm moving to my left.

Unless I'm underneath the clock hand and facing the center, then I'm moving to my right.

[–]Mocha_Bean3 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Well, if you're underneath the clock, then from your perspective, it's counterclockwise.

[–]Condestavel 14 points15 points  (1 child)

From my point of view, the Jedi are counterclockwise.

[–]Disgruntled_AnCap 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And also whether or not you're in Bolivia.

[–]New_Kitten 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That depends on which way you are looking.

[–]magic_fergie 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Unless you’re facing the center...

[–]aazav 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Clocks run clockwise.

[–]nerbovig 2479 points2480 points  (43 children)

Once every month or so, there's a TIL that makes me produce an audible "huh..."

[–]lurking_digger 447 points448 points  (36 children)

What do the NSFW make you produce?

[–]nerbovig 488 points489 points  (19 children)

[sighs] alright I'll fire up the webcam.

[–]Wolf_of_MemeStreet 61 points62 points  (9 children)

I believe it’s an inverted ‘huh’. An ‘uhu ’ if you will.

[–]mtaw 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Whatever the NSFW equivalent of 'huh..' is.

Which I guess is just 'huh..'... only with semen.

[–]Senor_Met 17 points18 points  (0 children)

it seems so obvious now but i never thought of it

[–]KiraDidNothingWrong_ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Once every month or so, there's a TIL that makes me produce an audible "Wtf is that shit title"

[–]Brazilian_Slaughter 58 points59 points  (8 children)

I live near the Equator, where my shadow should fall?

[–]HenryRasia 16 points17 points  (0 children)

If you live between the tropic lines, it rotates both ways depending on the time of year. However, the shadow will always be short, unless you tilt your sundial, then it can rotate any which way you want.

[–]rurunosep 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Imagine standing on the Sun and looking straight at the Earth while it's rotating. The point on the Earth's surface that you're looking at just follows the equator exactly (assuming the Earth isn't titled). So from the point of view of someone standing on the equator, the Sun moves in a straight line overhead from east to west. So their shadow would point straight west in the morning, get shorter, disappear, and then grow to the east in the afternoon.

Since the Earth is titled, it gets slightly more complicated. Imagine looking straight at Earth from the Sun while the Earth is rotating around it. Because the equator is at an angle, you'll only be looking directly at the equator two times a year. As the Earth moves around the Sun, the spot you're looking at will move up and down relative to the equator depending on the season. So from the ground, the Sun is only directly overhead two times a year. The rest of the time, it'll be either a little more north or a little more south, depending on the season.

So your shadow will fall a little bit north half the year and a little bit south the other half. Two times in the year it'll cross over and be exactly on the equator.

[–]your_comments_say 793 points794 points  (47 children)

Clocks run all directions, they are circles.

[–]tandoor_king 336 points337 points  (19 children)

Clocks don't run they don't have any feet ... they tick...

[–]OfficeTexas 103 points104 points  (14 children)

Mine's silent. Electronic.

[–]Obscure90sCharacter 82 points83 points  (13 children)

That's because you can't here electrical impulses. Peasant.

[–]AceWolf18 88 points89 points  (11 children)

Hear. Peasant.

[–]Obscure90sCharacter 20 points21 points  (9 children)

Damn voice typing.

[–]OfficeTexas 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I predict that the language will change to eliminate homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Something similar happened in aviation English, where the number 9 is pronounced "niner" to avoid confusion with "five".

[–]Bond4141 13 points14 points  (0 children)

But time flies.

[–]JonArc 13 points14 points  (9 children)

Time is not a line. It's round like clocks.

[–]pokemon-gangbang 238 points239 points  (28 children)

Til in the southern hemisphere sun dials go opposite of the northern hemisphere.

[–]pachiemoo 82 points83 points  (11 children)

And the Moon looks inverted, constellations are different, and the sun is inclined to the north on the sky instead of the south (when far from the Equator)

[–]GershBinglander 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I'm in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, and can confirm the the sun rises in the NE and sets in the NW. Also, not only depends we have a few different constellations, we can also see the Magellenic clouds, which are nearby galaxies that you can see with the naked eye.

[–]acog 14 points15 points  (5 children)

I was also going to chime in with the "fact" that toilets also spin in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere.... but I just googled it and it's not true at all!

I believed that one for a very, very long time.

[–]sakdfghjsdjfahbgsdf 12 points13 points  (1 child)

That actually is sort of true. A perfectly smooth, equally proportioned drain that is perfectly level has only two significant forces acting on its contents — gravity and the Coriolis force. Since gravity is straight down, the Coriolis force is the only one altering its angular momentum. And the Coriolis force inverts across the equator (it's strongest at the poles).

However, the Coriolis effect is extremely weak. Most drains are designed to induce more significant rotation because it increases the speed of drainage, and most are designed to spin in the same direction, which is why you don't see things change when you cross the equator.

[–]djnap 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The coriolis effect unfortunately doesn't effect toilets

[–]leapinglabrats 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Indeed! It's not like the Earth rotates in the opposite direction down south, although it would be hilarious if the Sun rose in the west. Took me a while to realize that it's just about the angle at which the sunlight hits that causes the shadow to move in opposite directions.

[–]___DEADPOOL______ 13 points14 points  (3 children)

What does a sundial do on the equator? Do they just not work??

[–]stas1 26 points27 points  (0 children)

They are linear instead of round

[–]groverburger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The shadow would go back and forth in a line or extremely stretched oval.

[–]TonyHoyle 7 points8 points  (4 children)

And sundials on the equator must be really freaking confusing..

[–]A_Mouse_In_Da_House4 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Yep. They reverse direction twice a year.

[–]Woodsie13 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That would happen anywhere in the tropics

[–]madeindavid 176 points177 points  (11 children)

This was done by a "President" who wants to run for the 11th time even though the constitution forbids him.

[–]AndyIbanez 84 points85 points  (6 children)

And he even spent thousands on a referendum "asking us" if he can actually go for it again. Majority said no, he's shoving it up his ass and trying to find a way to go for it anyway.

*: clarified my point.

[–]ale_jandro 21 points22 points  (2 children)

"This is what the people want" I swear our country is one step away (if not already) from a dictatorship. It's sad and frustrating not to be able to do something from abroad

[–]Smaskifa 24 points25 points  (2 children)

But...

Despite the referendum, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Bolivia ruled in December 2017 that all public offices would have no term limits [...] thus allowing Morales to run for a fourth term.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Morales

[–]tak-in-the-box 37 points38 points  (0 children)

The fact that the judicial system is stacked with his cronies and party members matters little considering he'll be running virtually unopposed. Major counter candidates are either in jail or been pushed out of the country.

[–]XoXeLo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Supreme Tribunal Justice of Bolivia is his people. This re-election goes against the constitution.

And as stated before, he even spent a lot of money to ask people what they wanted. People voted against him, he said fuck it, Ima do what I want anyway.

[–]jgallarday001 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yeah, fuck him. I have Bolivian family and they are all tired of his corrupt and ignorant regime

[–]mrlint 999 points1000 points  (267 children)

TIL sun dial shadows are part of cultural identity

[–]FlipflopCommunist 369 points370 points  (70 children)

Everything is a part of cultural identity, having a anti-clockwise clock is a symbolical political statement (like drawing our map upside down) representative of an effort by the bolivarian republics to recover and maintain their indigenous people cultures.

[–]JuleeeNAJ 165 points166 points  (3 children)

I used to have a Goofy watch that went anti-clockwise, didn't realize it was a political statement.

[–]bargu 72 points73 points  (3 children)

Yeah, Bolivians have a huge clock making tradition.

[–]dutee 35 points36 points  (39 children)

Why don't they just say that the bottom of the map is more important than the top? Then they can use the same map.

[–]T3chnicalC0rrection 160 points161 points  (1 child)

Because we are topist as a species to suppress any remnants of the mole people after the mole wars.

[–]FlipflopCommunist 54 points55 points  (9 children)

No one actually uses the upside down map for practical reasons, it's a political symbol popularized by the art piece I linked in the comment

[–]dutee 15 points16 points  (8 children)

This isn't the only south-on-top map. Many have been made, and many have been intended to be used for practical purposes.

[–]aaj213 19 points20 points  (4 children)

There's going to be a faux woke Vice article about it in three...two...

[–]s1rp0p0 245 points246 points  (36 children)

"Left to right" or, you know, clockwise.

[–]aazav 44 points45 points  (21 children)

Unless the hand is past the halfway mark, then it's right to left.

[–]gyro2death 37 points38 points  (20 children)

Clockwise motion is relative to the moving object and not the perspective of the viewer. The hands move left to right relative to themselves always. The viewer is irrelevant.

Edit: Since some just can't help themselves here the definition

in the direction of the rotation of the hands of a clock as viewed from the front or above; circularly to the right from a point taken as the top

Note what is bolded. The clockwise motion is relative to whatever is consider the objects top. This is of course the observed motion of a clock taken from a fix perspective in front or above. Also no turning it upside down doesn't change this, nor would standing on your head.

The only thing that can chang it is viewing it from the outward or inward perspective, in which case it's realitive as both perspectives see opposite motions.

[–]yamazaki121 10 points11 points  (4 children)

But the object is moving forward. Not to the left or right

[–]Sungodatemychildren 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He's just making sure the Bolivians aren't confused

[–]Yasea 17 points18 points  (6 children)

You also have 12 hours because the people creating the first sundial (probably Egypt) counted the bones on one hand using their thumb.

[–]TropicalJupiter 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Huh? I have 12 finger segments. Is that what you mean?

[–]RNZack 15 points16 points  (2 children)

It's got to be so confusing using that clock if you're not used to it.

[–]Mechanical_Indian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I used to have a novelty watch that ran backwards. You get used to it pretty quick.

[–]gurana 12 points13 points  (4 children)

When I was growing up my parents had a novelty counterclockwise clock in the living room. Made telling time on regular analogues a little difficult for a while.

[–]kaf-ka 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Where can I find this beautiful pocket watch ?

[–]WanderinHobo 14 points15 points  (3 children)

It's so cool! Sadly, it costs 24 million dollars :( I'm having trouble finding a cheap replica.

[–]OnlyOne_X_Chromosome 479 points480 points  (112 children)

Is "anti-clockwise" an actual term? Isn't it counter-clockwise?

[–]ascii42 753 points754 points  (66 children)

I believe counterclockwise is American English, and anticlockwise is UK English.

[–]OnlyOne_X_Chromosome 197 points198 points  (5 children)

The real TIL is in the comments! Thanks for responding!

[–]Fried_Cthulhumari 76 points77 points  (3 children)

And before the age of clocks, the terms were sunwise (with the direction of the shadows, what we call clockwise) and widdershins (against the shadows in the sundial, or counterclockwise).

[–]SednaBoo 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Also ‘deosil’ for what is now clockwise

[–]testicula 87 points88 points  (23 children)

Widdershins

[–]LumpyUnderpass 6 points7 points  (16 children)

What's the other one, deasil or something? I've been trying to use these words ever since I saw them in a text game when I was like 12.

[–]i-d-even-k- 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Deosil and widdershrins. Esoteric terms I think

[–]Obscure90sCharacter 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Widdershins sounds like a last name for a Harry Potter character.

[–]Mr_Boggles 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Widdershins and anti-widdershins, which mean, against the sun, and opposite of against the sun respectively.

[–]xonjas 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Isn't it counter-widdershins?

[–]SentientEnglishman 30 points31 points  (8 children)

Yes, it's weird to call it counter clockwise in the UK.

[–]smithsp86 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's common in non-American English. British isles, Australia and New Zealand use it for sure.

[–]mordoandbeavis 10 points11 points  (1 child)

As a Bolivian I can tell you, if you want to get a lot of karma, research some of the crazy shit that happens there. I'll give you a good one:

Once the president, Evo Morales, during a public statement stayed that he "met all the pregnant women in the countryside and in their bellies it was tattooed 'Evo Fufils'" There's like a gazillion of these so have fun

[–]yiersan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Feynman has some interesting discussion regarding relative directions like left/right and clockwise/counterclockwise. If you were on the phone with a distant alien with no common reference point, could you describe to him which side was the left side? Try it!

...

You generally cannot! It's kind of frustrating. Well it turns out that with nuclear physics, you can in fact explain it. You have to say something like: "Ok so get some radioactive Cobalt-60 and cool it to near absolute zero. Wrap coils of wire around it and apply a current. Adjust the direction of the current until the emitted beta-particles are mostly going in the upward direction. When that's happening, the current is flowing in what we call the right-to-left direction!"

But there's a catch. If the alien you're speaking with and its whole world is made completely of anti-matter then they'd get it wrong. So, as Feynman says, if you ever arrange to meet with this alien and he holds out his left hand, then watch out!

Here's the experiment where they figured out this was possible.

[–]theduckcat 91 points92 points  (84 children)

why is everybody so upset about the fact that Bolivia has one clock that goes anti-clockwise???

[–]ILikeRedPillows 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Bolivian here, mostly because the president who is in charge only cares about "sending a message" and doesn't care about people, instead of celebrating our differences he separates people, he only "governs" for "his" people, and basically hates the people who did not vote for him, instead of spending money on this kind of stuff he could spend it on all the homeless people in the street or healthcare, but he puts his needs and pleasure first

[–]Ragark 77 points78 points  (31 children)

Because if you do anything that can in anyway be traced back to identity, you're an evil identity politics. Now excuse me while I go talk about how all of America should speak english.

[–]Tropink 21 points22 points  (29 children)

Latino guy here, how can that be traced back to their identity?

[–]Cu_de_cachorro 19 points20 points  (5 children)

south american natives have a long tradition of astronomy and their sundials have always been anticlockwise because of physics, have you ever heard about the incan calendar?

[–]MagicMax96 22 points23 points  (7 children)

Bolivia is in the southern hemisphere

[–]ViKomprenas 26 points27 points  (8 children)

As the article says, since they're in the southern hemisphere, sundials go counterclockwise.

[–]BeastingBoli 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Right?? People are actually offended like goddamn why does it even matter. It's just a neat tidbit. I really can't with people sometimes.

[–]KiraDidNothingWrong_ 11 points12 points  (10 children)

You realize a watch is a circle right, so left to right doesn't make any sense at all.

[–]borazine 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Bonus question: how does a sundial work on the equator?

I also know that the “direction” the moon wanes in (as in the shape of the crescent) differs in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. So how does that work on the equator?

[–]Drisoth 14 points15 points  (5 children)

There's only two days each year that the sun is directly above any point on Earth (between the two tropics). So only twice a year will the equator have a problem with sundials, and anywhere between the tropics has the same issue.

Basically if you trace the point that has the sun's zenith (where high noon is directly over head) it moves between the two tropics. The tropics have a true high noon on the solstices, and the equator has high noon on the two equinoxes.

But on those days, they don't really, the shadow doesn't rotate at all it just moves from left to right, and at noon you get no shadows which makes things look VERY weird. (http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/pics/comments/64tdgx/when_the_sun_is_directly_overhead_in_hawaii_it/?utm_source=reddit-android)

[–]w0ut 34 points35 points  (10 children)

A clock is always clockwise.

[–]Dude_with_the_pants 151 points152 points  (64 children)

"Why the fuck is there a backwards clock in the Congress building?...... Oh, really? Well that's weird and dumb."

-Bolivian citizens

[–]FlipflopCommunist 42 points43 points  (13 children)

If US congress puts up a purely symbolical token in homage to pre-colombian civilizations, is it weird and dumb? It's not like Bolivia is trying to ban traditional clocks, people are making this seem much bigger than it really is.

[–]linobutez 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hell ya dude ! Keep learning! Edit>-ta+ya

[–]Zoower 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Clockwise. It is called clockwise.

[–]Pellaeonthewingedleo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How is it their cultural identity when most of them descend from europe?

[–]scold 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“Recover their cultural identity”....ugh....shut the fuck up.

[–]JoshuaKane14 3 points4 points  (0 children)

TIL Bolivians have very little to be proud of.

[–]jairomantill 22 points23 points  (2 children)

fun fact: in the bolivian edition of the majora's mask, if you want to go back to day one you have to play the inverted song of time.

[–]Bootziscool 5 points6 points  (0 children)

(͡•_ ͡• )

[–]Dravarden 4 points5 points  (0 children)

too bad there is no bolivian edition