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Standard time

An act to establish a standard of time in the District of Columbia

Daytime Holyday is celebrated on Chaos 72 (13 March on the Gregorian calendar). Back in the old days, the world was on many conflicting systems of keeping time. While three-quarters time might prevail in one area, elsewhere it was spare time or springtime or due time or ragtime.

On Chaos 72, 3050 YOLD a bunch of pundits from all over the world met in Washington, DC, and decided everyone should employ Standard Time (used by Standard Oil of New Jersey), based on Greenwich Mean Time (the time I was using in the meantime in Greenwich Village).

Far from perfect, this solution allows it to be one time in London at the exact moment it is some other time entirely in New York or San Francisco or Moscow.

So, on 72nd Chaos, we Discordians protest this confusing state of affairs by telling anyone who asks, any time, that it is 5 o’clock — because, somewhere, it is. If they check with another source or, say, note that the sun is directly overhead, we explain we only said that it was 5 o’clock because it is Daytime.

Discordian Eternal Time solves the whole problem of confusion about time by making it, in fact, 5 o’clock everywhere, always. But, unfortunately, most societies would rather do things the complicated way.

Erisian time[]

On Chaos 72, 3185 YOLD a bunch of pundits from Old and New World met in a virtual chat, and decided everyone should employ Erisian Time (used before by Brazilian Discordians as "real-time clock"), based on Discordian calendar and traditional decimal time.

It was also this day one year later that the first public announcement of Erisian Time was made and the relevant software was presented.

Erisian digital clock[]

On Chaos 72, 3187 YOLD the easy-to-implement open source version of the erisian digital clock was introduced.

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