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Babylonians

An Account Of How We Began To Tell Time In the Clockwise Manner

Pretty much everyone knows that if you are asked to pass something clockwise around a table, you hand it to the person on your left because that is the same direction that the hands of a clock move. But what you may not know is that this standard direction is a function not only of [...]

Did You Know that Making New Year Resolutions Started 4,000 Years Ago?

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them, the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day [...]