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Samuel
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How can one hour be longer than another hour, and one year be shorter than another year?

(those years with one extra day doesn't count in this "riddle")

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Jonathan Townsend
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Time is

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If yeap years don't count, can we still use leap seconds?
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On 2005-09-10 11:28, Samuel wrote:
How can one hour be longer than another hour, and one year be shorter than another year?

(those years with one extra day doesn't count in this "riddle")

-Samuel
the clocks go forward and back each year by one hour. When the clocks go back one hour ,one hour becomes 2 hours,and that's how 1 hour becomes longer than another hour.(the time is 2 am the clock goes back to 1 am) (when the clock goes forward ,at 2 am it becomes 3 am) Maybe someone else can get the year solution
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On 2005-09-10 11:28, Samuel wrote:
How can one hour be longer than another hour, and one year be shorter than another year?

(those years with one extra day doesn't count in this "riddle")

-Samuel
This is a guess.when it was the year 1 BC ,after was 1 AD,there must have been a year in between the 2 dates (but what would it be called, maybe year Zero????) so I say this must be the year that is shorter.
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Mike, there was never a year 1 BC until after the year count started, hence the trade in selling fake coins marked BC to gullible tourists. In any case, the period zero to 1BC is exactly the same as zero to 1 AD. That's if you believe in that sort of thing.
Personally, I'm an atheist - thank God!! Sorry, couldn't resist.

As for hours, the lunch hour always goes faster than a working hour.

And the years are definately shorter once you hit 30 years, they just seem to fly by.

Just my observation.

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Thanks steve for putting me straight ,i feel bit of a fool now,at least I learnt something new.
Ok if you say there was no BC the year before AD,then AD was a fixed year so the year before must be shorter (or longer) as there was no year in place.does this make sense, or have I screwed up again?
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Years are defined by the length of time for the planet to rotate about the Sun. Mercury has the shortest year, Pluto (and that planet that was recently discovered) have far longer years.
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Stephen, some calendars got modified a few times in some cultures. There are recorded years with more or less days on the calendar.

Hours... as obseved on clocks sometimes get adjusted by atomic clocks, and when that adjustment occures, I guess you could say that the minute was longer or shorter.

We are using some pretty funky things to define our system measurement these days. Cesium atom decay intervals, wavelengths of light... it gets better Smile
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Steven, what about a lunar year 360 days being shorter than an earth year 365.
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Well, obviously "one year" is shorter than "another year" . . . by four letters!

That doesn't help with the hours one, though.
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In the 1700's, I believe around 1736, they adjusted the calendar and removed 13 days or something like that. So, for example, the date jumped from April 2 to April 15th as part of the adjustment.
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Can we use the hours and years form other celestial bodies, like the ones on Mars being a bit different from the Earths'?
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On 2005-09-15 16:13, honus wrote:
Well, obviously "one year" is shorter than "another year" . . . by four letters!

That doesn't help with the hours one, though.

The same thing crossed my mind, but like you I re-read the question and it said "one year" was LONGER than "another year", so that theory went out the window. This strikes me as one of those puzzles that has a roundabout solution, but once you know it it seems very simple. All this talk about other planets, whilst technically correct, is probably on the wrong track.

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Could we be talking, "number of digits"? I don't think this is the cleanest answer, but could it be said that eleven o'clock is longer than, say four o'clock because '12' is longer than '4'? Same for years: '1994AD' is longer than '932AD'?

No, as I said, it doesn't seem "clean" enough. :-S Hmm... back to the drawing board.
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Depending on the show or curcumstance, one hour can be much longer than another. And a dog year is shorter than a people year.
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