Why is each day broken down into 24 individual hours? Well, probably unsurprisingly, it was those early geniuses, the ancient Egyptians, who were the first recorded civilization to break their time into 24 hour periods. They used sundials to measure days in 12 blocks and water clocks to measure the 12 hours in night time, which when added up, equaled one 24-hour long cycle. But they didn’t have to use intervals of 12 or 24. Really, they could have broken their days down by any number they wanted. They could have broken their days into 30 hour intervals if they wanted to. But they chose the number 24 for a reason. And that reason probably had a lot to do with how easily divisible it is. Not only can you split 24 in half to get a 12 hour day and a 12 hour night, but you can also divide it by 3, 4, 6, and 8 as well. If a day was 30 hours long, sure, we’d be able to break it into two 15 hour blocks, and like 24, it also has 8 total factors that it’s divisible by, but then we’d have six extra hours every day that we have to keep track of. Plus, each 12 hour day can be split into groups of 2, 3, 4, or 6 while a 15 hour day could only be broken down into 3 or 5 hour groups. Those ancient people were super practical and really liked to get the most bang out of their numbers. And speaking of super practical ancient people, have you ever wondered why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour? Well that all goes back to the ancient Babylonians and their love of the number 60. Check out my video about that to learn more. I’m Yvonne Page Illustrates and I thank you for stopping by and learning something new with me today. Don’t forget to like this video if it helped you, leave me a comment below about something else you’d like me to research and share info about, again and subscribe to this channel if you want to come back and learn more new things with me in the future. Bye!
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Why are there 24 hours in a day and 60 seconds in a minute? https://medium.com/@jothibasuofficial/why-there-are-24-hours-in-a-day-and-60-minutes-in-an-hour-b670879cbe99