1. Scatabrain's Avatar
    My kids and I have come up with a code for telling time called Potato Time - think pig latin for time.
    What do you think of it?

    Potato Time

    What it is:
    A secret code for time.

    Rules:
    21 minutes is: 1 potato.
    42 minutes is: and 2 potato.
    Noon is: Potato Time or PT.
    Midnight is: Anti Potato Time or APT.
    AM is: BPT (Before Potato Time).
    PM is: PPT (Post Potato Time).
    Seconds are Frits.

    Examples:
    For 4:21 say: 4 potato.
    For 4:23 say: 4 potato 2.
    For 4:42 say: 4 and 2 potato.
    For 4:44 say: 4 and 2 potato 2.
    For 4:39 say: 4 and 3, 2 potato.
    For 4:40 say: 4 and 3, 2 potato 1.
    For 4:30 say: 4 potato 9.
    For 4:10 say: 4, 11 potato.
    For 4:19 say: 4, 2 potato.
    For 4:22 say: 4, 2 potato 3.

    Alternates:
    For 4:42 say: potato 5.
    For 4:44 say: potato 5, 2.
    For 4:40 say: potato 5 minus 2 (this is the only time minus is used to avoid confusion)

    Durations:
    For 21 minutes say: potatoes.
    For 42 minutes say: and 2 potatoes.
    For 20 minutes say: 1 potatoes.
    For 41 minutes say: and 1 2 potatoes.
    For 43 minutes say: and 2 potatoes 1.
    For 22 minutes say: potatoes 1.
    For 5 minutes say: 16 potatoes.
    For 50 minutes say: and 2 potatoes 8.
    For 50 minutes say: and 1 2 potatoes 3.
    For 2 hours say: 2 3 potatoes.
    For 2 hours 43 minutes say: 2 3 potatoes and 2 potatoes 1.
    For 2 hours 43 minutes say: 2 3 potatoes and 3 2 potatoes 4.
    For 4 hours 10 minutes and 40 seconds say: 4 3 potatoes and 11 potatoes 40 frits.
    For 4 hours 10 minutes and 40 seconds say: 4 3 potatoes and 12 potatoes 1 40 frits.
    For 2 minutes 10.3 seconds say: 19 potatoes 10.3 frits.

    Chat equivelents:
    4:24 is: 4 p 3
    5:45 is: 5 + 2p 3
    4:42 is: p 5
    4:55 is: p 5 13
    4:40 is: p 5 -2
    20 minutes: 1 ps
    29 minutes: 1 ps 9
    2 hours and 20 minutes: 2 3ps 1 p

    Notes:
    For 4:10 you may also say 4:10 as normal.

    Being clever with 4, 2 potato 3 for 4:22 is allowed provided it is in the exact form allowing for unambiguous translation. It is often enough obfuscation to simply say 4 potato 1 instead.

    PM and AM are not used. Using BPT and PPT when it is obvious is frowned upon.

    Saying o'clock is considered bad form as it is understood and therefore unnecessary.

    12 and 24 hour time follows local custom.

    "Potato 4" is not 3:39. It follows with 2 potato and converts to 3:42.

    For 4:05 a Potato Time user never says the vernacular 4 'o' 5 as in the letter o. For 4:05 saying the number zero is used. Saying 4, 16 potato is also used.

    Saying 3 and 3 potato for 4 o'clock or 4, 21 potato are inside jokes with regular users of Potato Time that are always used ironically. Those that do not understand that it is being used ironically are easily identifiable as outsiders, or muggles (the term muggles is borrowed from Harry Potter pop culture).
    Last edited by Scatabrain; 07-29-2015 at 12:27 PM.
    Bigeric23 likes this.
    07-28-2015 02:32 PM
  2. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Thought of writing this up to give me an excuse to create a watch complication / app.
    07-28-2015 03:03 PM
  3. Bigeric23's Avatar
    That is pretty cool.
    07-28-2015 07:29 PM

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