What If A Minute Was 100 Seconds? | Unveiled

What If a Minute Was 100 Seconds? Every day, we’re granted eighty-six thousand
four hundred seconds to work with. That’s eating, sleeping, drinking, watching
YouTube videos – everything! And it all-too-often feels like there just
isn’t enough time available. So, is the solution to change how we measure
time in the first place? This is Unveiled, and today we’re answering
the extraordinary question; What if a minute was 100 seconds? Are you a fiend for facts? Are you constantly curious? Then why not subscribe to Unveiled for more
clips like this one? And ring the bell for more fascinating content! Why do we even perceive time in the way we
do, counting sixty seconds for a minute rather than one hundred? One major reason is plain divisibility, with
the number 60 boasting more dividing factors than 100, making it generally the more flexible
option. Nevertheless, were we to switch to a minute
equaling 100 seconds, we could still use a lot of the same phrases as we currently do… Only the definitions of those phrases would
have to change, and our inherent perception of time would need to alter, as well. For example, today, when someone says; “It’s
a quarter to three”, we automatically know that it’s fifteen minutes until three o’
clock. However, when we switch to a minute equaling
one hundred seconds, that fifteen minutes of “standard” time would shrink to only
nine minutes of “new” time. Now, suppose we also shifted to one hundred
minutes equaling one hour. “A quarter to three” now means that there’s
a whopping twenty-five 100-second-minutes until three o’ clock! While, back in the standard 60-second set-up,
that length of time would actually equal 41 minutes and 36 seconds. Either way, though, there’s quite a bit
of extra time to kill! If we stick with a standard 24-hour clock,
we’d now have days that last just over eight-and-a-half hours (but still equate to roughly the same
amount of time the Earth takes to rotate on its axis). However, if we wanted to continue with the
metric theme and introduce a 10-hour day, (so that’s 10 hours made up of 100 minutes
made up of 100 seconds), one day would now take significantly longer than one turn of
the Earth. Clearly, it’s a mind-bending prospect! So, naturally, it could cause chaos. All across society, fundamental changes would
need to happen whenever a second is used to measure anything. We’d have to realign our idea of miles or
kilometers per hour, meaning widespread redesigns for cars, other vehicles and countless other
machines. In hospitals, the standard “beats per minute”
measurement would need redefining, too… While, as BPM is also used by musicians, the
change would also affect how we read music and keep time. But the upheaval across several industries
would run deeper than simply the switch in minute-length… Because a one hundred-second structure would
also affect the calendar, which we use to keep track of the seasons. Especially in the case of a new ten-hour-day,
the new minute-length would mean our concept of “a day” changes, prompting us to calculate
an entirely new, now-not-necessarily-twelve-month calendar… Which could prove disastrous for farming and
food industries. Keeping abreast of weather conditions would
be more important than ever to ensure crop survival; converting to a day/night cycle
that’s measured in a completely different way could prove very difficult; while, even
best before dates on food packages in supermarkets would need to be revamped. While regular periods of light and dark would
obviously still happen with or without 100 seconds a minute, the change in time could
also threaten sleep patterns. Typically, we’re supposed to get around
eight hours of sleep every night, or twenty-eight thousand eight hundred seconds. But that number drops to just under three
hours if a minute’s 100 seconds and an hour’s 100 minutes. Sure, the same amount of real time will’ve
passed either way, but how we measure and speak about it drastically alters – which
could mess up our circadian rhythms, at least in the beginning. Of course, one of the simpler and more obvious
changes would center on the devices we currently use to tell the time in the first place. All traditional, analogue clock faces – from
the humble wristwatch to iconic buildings like London’s Elizabeth Tower – would now
be redundant, discarded as relics of a bygone age. Meanwhile, all digital clock faces would need
to be reprogrammed, or else ditched as well. That means that almost every computer device
would be affected, including smartphones, tablets and laptops – both in terms of their
actual time display, and also in how they’re specifically programmed to work. Given how dependent society is on its computers,
anything that puts them all out of action brings a whole new wave of concern. Even the smallest error in a device’s digital
coding could cause big problems… In fact, the world was actually worried about
something fairly similar not too long ago; the Y2K Millennium Bug. In the build-up to New Year’s Eve 1999 – as
the planet prepared for a new millennium – many believed that the date-change required of
our increasingly computerised devices would bring about some kind of global ruin. The fear was that the switch for machines
displaying only the last two digits of a specified year – from ninety-nine to zero-zero – would
cause them to recognise the wrong date completely; the year 1900 instead of the year 2000. Business owners were especially scared about
the effect the transition would have on the economy. Luckily, most concerns were addressed, products
were updated, and a major, global disaster was avoided. But the Millennium Bug was really only a true
cause for concern for one moment; the first seconds of the year 2000. Were we to switch to a 100-second minute,
then every single second of every single day would require permanent, ongoing realignment. And, clearly, we live in a very different,
significantly more digitalized age than even just two decades ago. During the switchover, businesses big and
small could suffer a massive number of errors including in simple transactions, their long-term
records and their day-today operations. Transportation systems all around the world
would also struggle to keep time at first, and even when the timetables, route-planners
and GPS maps had all been adjusted to the new time-scale, everybody using them would
need to reprogram their own thought processes in order to understand them. Even social media would be affected, since
sites like YouTube and Facebook show how long-ago posts were made. And all types of media would need to recalibrate
duration times on videos, songs, podcasts – basically anything that’s measured in
time. As for the stock market, during the moment
of switchover especially, a major crash could prove almost inevitable. The probable chaos in transportation services
shines light on arguably the biggest issue of all, though; society’s general ability
to think in terms of a 100-second minute. As something as fundamental as a unit of time
is suddenly taken away from us, almost all of us would be prone to forgetting appointments,
turning up incredibly late or incredibly early for meetings, missing the bus, burning our
dinner, and misunderstanding even the simplest of instructions. So much so, we’d probably see an all-new
niche job market emerge where people are employed to help everybody else maintain at least a
little punctuality, including a type of town crier announcing as and when every hour begins. Regardless, mistakes would be almost inevitable,
with some proving much more significant than others. On the one hand, you might accidentally miss
the start of a movie or set your alarm for much too late; on the other, a doctor could
misread your pulse, air traffic control could mistakenly guide two planes to land at the
same time, or the computers and devices you depend on for daily life could irretrievably
crash. At best, it’d be frustrating; at worst,
catastrophic. And it’d take us a long, long time to totally
convert. But that’s what would happen if a minute
was one hundred seconds! What do you think? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, check out these
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69 thoughts on “What If A Minute Was 100 Seconds? | Unveiled

  1. If we had to do this, It'll probably be so much easier if a minute was 120 seconds, and an hour was 120 minutes. Think about it 🧐

  2. You started it from the wrong end. Instead you could started it like this 1 day have 100 hours, 1 hour have 100 minutes and 1 minute have 100 seconds, but still 1 year having 365 +~1 days.

  3. It wouldn't make no sense whatsoever if 100 seconds becomes a minute instead of 60. It would already would have to be calculated at the beginning of time in order for that to work to begin with. At any case it is what it is. Furthermore it wouldn't do us no good to change the time Matrix because the earth rotation would still be the same !

  4. 100 seconds a Minute is possible.
    The seconds just have to be shorter.
    So that a 100 minute houer has the same time as a 60 minute houer is now.

  5. What if we changes time completely different.
    1hour=100minutes, but 1day only 20hours.
    How the distance will be from sun to our earth.
    And will we still stay in the Goldilocks zone?
    That`s the story, for another what if unveiled

  6. This is, although obviously not on a catastrophic level because other nations have done it, kind of like the reasoning why the US never went metric along with the majority of the rest of the world.

  7. If a minute was 100 seconds, I'd be f<©ked, because I suck at math and as soon as they started using numbers in this video, all I heard was Charlie Brown's teacher: "Whaawaa waa waa waa".

  8. Thus is why you leave the seconds, minutes, and hours alone and just switch to a 13 month calendar with each month being exactly 28 days except for the 13th which is 29 days or 30 on leap years. But people hate them number 13 for all kinds of stupid reasons so it'll never happen.

  9. It wouldn't really matter
    7 days would still make a week
    365 days would still require for Earth to complete a rotation around the Sun
    After all
    Time is nothing but an ILLUSION
    Reality is TIMELESS

  10. with the speed of light being the only known constant in the universe, and with quantum theory confounding our best scientists… the idea that our perception and calculation of time may be what is getting in our way. obviously to best care for our human instinct we should assure that the rotation of the earth is kept vital to how we run our lives on earth yet as per calculating the 'time of the universe' I honestly believe that our current system of time management MUST be flawed in a universal context.

  11. If you think about it a minute can be a 100 seconds because we created a system for time, so we could easily re-make it😬

  12. Trump se na darte. Mere se ashriwad leke woh 2014 ka election jeeta. ROFLMAO

    Ye tatta dara raha. Gaand pe chapete marunga. Raat din.

  13. You know, usually these kinds of "what if" scenarios usually start with a "why", as in…WHY THE FUCK WOULD ALL OF COLLECTIVE HUMANITY SUDDENLY DECIDE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THE MOST POINTLESS, UNNECESSARY, DISRUPTIVE, PAIN IN THE ASS, ARBITRARY CHANGE SINCE FUCKING "NEW COKE"???!!! Furthermore, even though it would be super annoying, changing how we measure "time" (you know, that completely artificial, man-made construct?) would only mean that the metaphorical language that we use to talk about time would shift. It's not like an 8 hour work day would suddenly become an interminably inhumane 19 hour shift. It would still be the same amount of "natural" time, just requiring us to redefine the rules of the "language game" that we are always playing.

  14. They should just make seconds faster where one hundred seconds is equal to our 60 seconds. I could count to one hundred in 60 seconds.

  15. If the denomination of time went to 100 instead of 60, it would still be the same. Time increments would only be slightly shorter to accommodate for the difference in length of a minute. The time it takes to revolve around the sun as well as the earth's rotation wouldn't change, so humanity would have to adjust the fractions of time it takes to measure what we consider "time"

  16. What If… you should have explained this episode as if we had decided to go that route from the beginning rather than if we changed to that time scale now. 🤨

    We made our current time scale work for us. Why would the 1min = 100sec be any different if did that instead?

  17. I thought this was going to be a video about time always having been 100 seconds for a minute. It would be impossible to SWITCH OVER to 100 seconds per minute so why bother even talking about it. It also wouldn’t mess up sleep because people get tired when they get tired no matter what time a clock says it is…

  18. What's funny is France actually did exactly this shortly after the French Revolution in protest of the Catholic Church's calendar.

  19. This is a lame way to reform the clock – of course it causes problems if you make the day longer than the actual day.

    There's only two ways that really make sense right now:

    1. Keep the second as is, and use seconds and kiloseconds – don't mess with minutes and hours. You get 86.4 ks to the day, and times smaller than 1 ks you can say, 0.5 ks, or in just pure seconds: 500 s. Better not to mess with words that already have an existing referent. "Kilosecond" has a well-defined meaning, as do "hour" and "minute". It's a thing. It just isn't in widespread use at all. If the fraction bothers one, one can also have a scheme that alternates 86 and 87 kilosecond days on a 5-day cycle (86-87-86-87-86) and that averages to the same length we have now.

    2. Redefine the second itself, so your 100,000 second day is the same length as the day now, but the "new" seconds equal 0.864 "old" seconds. This would provide a cleaner time notation, but the downside is that you now you get a ton more work because the second is part of the SI unit system and changing it would change a huge number of other units such as watts, joules, and volts. Actually, they were going to do this in the French Revolution, but it was scrapped.

    The first option would arguably be more feasible than the second, as you can tell – because the second option sends all voltmeters, ammeters, pressure meters, everything to the scrapper just to change time notation. And more feasible than what's mentioned in this video, because km/h, say, still means what it does now, it's just that we wouldn't be using it. We'd be using km/ks instead, which is the same as m/s. That's a win.

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