Clocks Run Clockwise For a Logical Reason

Why do clocks run clockwise? It might seem like this was an arbitrary choice between two equally valid directions, but there's actually a good and logical reason behind the direction that the hands on a clock turn. Watch the video below to find out.

Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?

If clocks were invented on the Southern hemisphere, things might have been different.

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Winding The Clocks At The Royal Society Library

In this library, even mundane tasks take on grand importance.

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The Stopped Clock Illusion

Have you ever looked at a clock for a moment and believed that the second hand wasn't moving?

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A saccade is the quick movement your eyeballs make when they look from one object to another. 00:29

  2. When you shift your eyes to another fixed point, your brain replaces the resulting blur of movement with an image of the point your eyes moved to. 01:04

  3. Every day, you lose approximately 40 minutes to saccadic masking. 02:22

Written by Curiosity Staff September 30, 2016