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Aire de Drome
5th Feb 2013, 15:22
Does anyone know why, on clock and watch faces, the 4 is usually IIII rather than 1V ? Your time starts now...

OFSO
5th Feb 2013, 15:24
Yes, it is told in a story, I think by Hans Christian Anderson. Something to do with a poor old clockmaker in his tumble-down workshop, and one day.......

The SSK
5th Feb 2013, 15:25
I've got a digital watch
It says XVIIhXXm

wings folded
5th Feb 2013, 15:26
Aesthetics, old boy, purely aesthetics.

cavortingcheetah
5th Feb 2013, 15:29
Symmetry.
VIII and IIII
Or perhaps, although less likely, because of the superstitions of Louis Quatorze, Le Roi-Soleil.

rgbrock1
5th Feb 2013, 15:29
The SSK:

If your digital watch is showing 17:20 as the time, then it's 9 minutes off. :}:}:}

OFSO
5th Feb 2013, 15:33
9 minutes off

Shouldn't that read IX minutes off ?

The SSK
5th Feb 2013, 15:37
It still says XVIIhXXm
I think it's stopped

rgbrock1
5th Feb 2013, 15:41
OFSO wrote:

9 minutes off

Shouldn't that read IX minutes off ?

Ah. Being a bit, shall we say, pedantic today OFSO? :}

G-CPTN
5th Feb 2013, 16:10
Does anyone know why, on clock and watch faces, the 4 is usually IIII rather than 1V ?FAQ: Roman IIII vs. IV on Clock Dials (http://www.ubr.com/clocks/frequently-asked-questions-faq/faq-roman-iiii-vs-iv-on-clock-dials.aspx)

wings folded
5th Feb 2013, 16:15
I told you, aesthetics. Symmetry. Forget Louis the umpteenth.

Aesthetics, I tell you.

vulcanised
5th Feb 2013, 16:48
Is that when Mickey's hand is about to go up Minnie's skirt?

Loose rivets
5th Feb 2013, 17:44
The early Logi mice were 104 quid. That's not a mistake, I used to sell them for CAD workstations. (a tablet was near 800 at first.)


To ease the pain, Logi gave a free watch with each mouse. It had Micky wobbling to and fro, but had no numbers! I gave one to my godson, who treasured owning the most useless thing in the world.

rgbrock1
5th Feb 2013, 17:54
Loose wrote:

I gave one to my godson, who treasured owning the most useless thing in the world.No, that is certainly NOT the most useless thing in the world, loose. Remember these useless things?

http://ingoldthoughts.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/pet-rocks.jpg?w=300&h=300

Yes, pet rocks. For those with brains made of the same.

PS: Oops. Almost forgot. The "pet rocks" came with their own home as well. And a nest to sleep in as well.

http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/top10_toy/pet_rock.jpg

Big Hammer
5th Feb 2013, 18:10
The sun has gone down, my wristsundial has stopped.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Feb 2013, 18:15
Always thought it was to avoid confusion among those taking a quick glance at the timepiece rather than serious study. The numerals IV and VI being on either side of V, allowing the possibility of getting it wrong if you're not paying much attention.

Slasher
5th Feb 2013, 18:15
Oh its "For all you clockwatchers..."

I misread it as something else meant for our female members.

I was going to post a pic of my own....um....clock.

rgbrock1
5th Feb 2013, 18:17
Please Slasher, no need to post a picture of your clock.
Time is running out for all of us as it is!!!! :}:}:}

jackieofalltrades
5th Feb 2013, 18:40
It still says XVIIhXXm
I think it's stopped

At least it will still be accurate once a day. That's better than my local weather-forecaster.

Juliet Sierra Papa
5th Feb 2013, 19:32
Ah. Being a bit, shall we say, pedantic today OFSO? http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/badteeth.gif

rg shouldn't that read IIday

:ok:

Milo Minderbinder
5th Feb 2013, 19:56
IIII was the original way of writing 4 in Latin
the use of IV came quite late as a shorthand

G&T ice n slice
5th Feb 2013, 20:14
Mine has a little demon that pops up and goes "bingley-bingley-bong it's nn-o'clock insert name here"

Loose rivets
5th Feb 2013, 20:27
That's oddly disquieting.:ooh:

Lord Spandex Masher
5th Feb 2013, 20:42
The sun has gone down, my wristsundial has stopped.

Ya daft bugger, use the lunar to solar conversion.

airship
6th Feb 2013, 00:03
And what about V1 / V2 etc., combining both Roman and Arabic numerals. It's wonderous how pilots manage to takeoff. I assume it helps that they wear their big watches on the hand other than the one handling the joystick... :ok:

Cunning_Stunt
6th Feb 2013, 00:59
Eccles has a logical solution to all your problems. All on "What time is it Eccles". On Youtube

G&T ice n slice
6th Feb 2013, 08:34
And the wall clock only shows "It's later than you think"

MagnusP
6th Feb 2013, 08:38
Ah, G&T, you appear to be a Pratchett fan!

Aire de Drome
6th Feb 2013, 15:15
Many thanks everyone. Very informative, and entertaining too!

OFSO
6th Feb 2013, 17:27
And what about V1 / V2

Except that the 'V' in both cases didn't stand for "5" but stood for Verteidigungswaffen.

OFSO
6th Feb 2013, 17:32
The sun has gone down, my wristsundial has stopped.

Now there is an interesting question. Is it still running but the display is no longer powered up, or is it just too dark to see the display ? Don't laugh, a conventional non-digital watch with non-luminous hands is in the same category as a sundial when it's dark. And so is a push-the-button-to-read-the-display digital watch, when the button isn't being pushed.

Perhaps Big Hammer can report on whether his sundial has kept accurate time during the hours of darkness when sunlight returns to his world ?

G-CPTN
6th Feb 2013, 17:49
Is it still running but the display is no longer powered up?I used to ponder the same question about early Sinclair calculators.

G&T ice n slice
6th Feb 2013, 21:08
I ceartainly am

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