Apr 27, 2017
9:53 AM


[History]: Why do clocks run clockwise?

Of course, "clockwise" in this sense means from left to right. The reason? Because, in the northern hemisphere, the shadow cast on a sun-dial moves from left to right (clock-wise) as the day passes. (In the southern hemisphere, however, sundials go in the reverse direction!)

Since clocks were invented in the northern hemisphere, their hands were designed to mimic the ancient sun-dials, and therefore go from left to right.

If clocks were originally invented in Sydney, Australia, we'd have a whole new definition of the word "clockwise".

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