It’s beer o’clock

Einstein said “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.”

Pandemic lockdowns really brought the relativity message home. Hour upon hour, day after day, lockdown hours dragged. Passing the time without slipping into madness became an artform: some went the sourdough and banana bread route, others preferred annointing themselves with liquid libations.

That looked like it might become a problem early on, one anticipated by the government which deemed bottle-shops critical.

People were sharing tales of cracking the first stubby or prosecco before the sun was over the yard-arm. But it’s always beer o’clock somewhere in the world, so cheers!

On the whole, it seemed to work. Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s said that time flies like an arrow. But it’s also said that fruit flies like a banana. And fruit flies really like SA fruit, which is why they have been subjected to border closures since long before the pandemic.

Bizarrely, despite what the mind-numbing boredom our pandemic prisons put us through, time actually flies fastest when we are still.

Physicists tell us we travel through time at the speed of light and that anything we see to be moving, has slower time compared with ours.

For example the GPS satellites that zip around the Earth continually adjust their clocks because their time flows slower relative to ours. If they didn’t make the adjustments your car GPS might send you off the end of a jetty because the maps would be off by 10km a day.

Time is relative. But you don’t need to be Eistein to realise that when you’re over the hill time goes faster and faster.

Question: A sundial may have the fewest moving parts of any timepiece but which has the most?

Respond below or read the answer next week.