Telling time for those who can count


If you’ve ever travelled outside of North America (or to Quebec) you will have encountered the 24-hour clock. Not just for the military and first-responders, the 24-hour clock is for everyone!

Want to hit it like a European or a commando? Here’s how. Midnight and onward is easy. 00:00 is midnight, the start of the clock. Things are fine for the next 12 hours. 01:00, 02:00, and so on. Easy.

Here is where people tend to trip over their watch bands. After 12 noon.

1 pm? 12 + 1 = 13:00hrs. 5 pm? 12 + 5 = 17:00 hrs. Need to translate the clock the other way? 17:00 hrs? 17 – 12 + 5pm.

Boom. Nailed it.


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