Author Topic: What time is it?  (Read 4210 times)

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
What time is it?
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:23:27 PM »
Here is a little brainteaser for you. Imagine it is 12 o’clock. But your watch says it is 12:05. Is it going slow or fast?

Travis Retriever

  • Sarcasitron collider
  • *****
  • Posts: 6002
  • Bogometer: -1
    • View Profile
    • My DeviantART
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 11:51:41 PM »
Q: What time is it?
A:  Hammer Time! ;D

LOL!

But seriously, it's slow, because the time is 12:00 PM, while the watch says 12:05 AM, because it died hours ago.
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 05:37:37 AM »
No, the watch is really wrong by only five minutes. So is it the watch early or late?

Travis Retriever

  • Sarcasitron collider
  • *****
  • Posts: 6002
  • Bogometer: -1
    • View Profile
    • My DeviantART
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 10:27:24 PM »
It's five minutes fast, because it's ahead of what the real time is.
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

MrBogosity

  • Master of the Bogoverse
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 6139
  • Bogometer: -42
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 11:27:14 PM »
Yes, it's fast, because the hands are moving faster than they should.

Travis Retriever

  • Sarcasitron collider
  • *****
  • Posts: 6002
  • Bogometer: -1
    • View Profile
    • My DeviantART
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 03:44:18 AM »
Ah.
I thought this was going to be a trick question.
Hence why I posted that complicated bit.
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world—'No. You move.'"
-Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man 537

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 05:38:09 AM »
It's five minutes fast, because it's ahead of what the real time is.

Yes, it's fast, because the hands are moving faster than they should.

So if the watch is fast, you could also say that it is five minutes early, yes?

Real Captain Olimar

  • Bogon shield
  • **
  • Posts: 250
  • Bogometer: 40
  • lol, biology
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 06:40:40 PM »
Here is a little brainteaser for you. Imagine it is 12 o’clock. But your watch says it is 12:05. Is it going slow or fast?

All it says is that your watch needs fixing.

MrBogosity

  • Master of the Bogoverse
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 6139
  • Bogometer: -42
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 06:56:50 PM »
So if the watch is fast, you could also say that it is five minutes early, yes?
Yes, it's early, or ahead.

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009, 09:29:34 AM »
Yes, it's early, or ahead.

Ah, but how could it be early when it displays a time later than the actual time?

MrBogosity

  • Master of the Bogoverse
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 6139
  • Bogometer: -42
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2009, 10:02:54 AM »
Because it reached the proper time early. It made it to 10:00 five minutes early.

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009, 11:33:19 AM »
And yet, many people would say that the watch is late.

I actually started the thread because of this blog entry.

MrBogosity

  • Master of the Bogoverse
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 6139
  • Bogometer: -42
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2009, 11:57:25 AM »
I don't know how there's any context at all where a clock that is set AFTER the current time can be said to be LATE!

If you arrive for a 10:00 appointment before 10:00, you're early. Arrive after, and you're late.

If your watch is five minutes fast, and you don't realize it, and you get there when you think it's 10:00, you're early.

Therefore, the watch arrived at 10:00 before it was actually 10:00. Therefore, it's early!

Tom S. Fox

  • DVD Beta Testers
  • *****
  • Posts: 399
  • Bogometer: -9
    • View Profile
Re: What time is it?
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2009, 05:15:06 PM »
Well, because the time that the clock displays is too late.