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I've been worried about this for a while now...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dave5N, 8 Jan 2008.

  1. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Back in the old days, before they had clocks,

    what did they call clockwise and anti clockwise?
  2. sloe

    sloe New Member

    Sundialwise and anti-sundialwise.

  3. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I just typed 'clockwise' into thesaurus.com, and thought it broke it for a second
  4. that way and the other way
  5. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Sunwise. In the northern hemisphere the sun goes relative to a sundial in a ...
  6. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    So what was the best thing before sliced bread?
  7. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Unsliced bread
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    The same as now, 'that' will never change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    North Somerset
    Ug and Barg.

    Incidentally, did anyone else's gran ever say things like "It's five and twenty to six"?
  10. Pete

    Pete Guest

    All right then, for a couple of bonus points:
    1) Which way does the gnomon's shadow move around a sundial? (no cheating!)
    2) Can you use a British-made sundial in Australia?
  11. Yes of course - if it's big enough for a tinnie and a plate of barbie food:becool:
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    AH yes, of course.

    South Birmingham, aren't you? :sad:
  13. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Also, did people say five thirty five before digital watches? :sad:
  14. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Widdershins is an old word for anti-clockwise (or anti-sunwise)
  15. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent

    All the time, makes old people sound a little bit dim