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17 August 2001 @ 07:29 am
Question of the day...  
I have often wondered... as long as I have been using an electronic alarm clock the snooze alarm has always been nine minutes. With several companies making clocks why are they all on nine minute snoozes. Ten minutes would seem a more logical choice.

Does anyone know the answer to this. Is there a story behind it, or is it just something that is easier to do on an electronic chip? I'm going to be looking for an answer. Let me know if You find the answer!
Current Mood: curiouscurious
The Love Bugthelovebug on August 17th, 2001 05:36 am (UTC)
9 is one digit, 10 is two :-)
Gary: gonegdj on August 17th, 2001 07:15 am (UTC)
You might be right Dave, but computer chips work in binary so the difference between 9 and 10 is 1001 and 1010. Not much harder for a chip to do.
Slowpeteslowpete on August 17th, 2001 05:51 am (UTC)
you are lucky
I think my snooze button only gives me 5 minutes
Gary: olliegdj on August 17th, 2001 07:12 am (UTC)
Re: you are lucky
Really, or does it just seem that way when you use it? :-)
Taylorbeatles1964t on August 17th, 2001 06:17 am (UTC)
e-mail Jim Marbles at marbles@kxoj.com. He is a DJ on our Christian radio station and he knows the answers to all that stuff. He wrote the book "College of Obscure Knowledge" so he would know. Write him and he'll write you back.
Gary: gonegdj on August 17th, 2001 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: alarm
I checked their web site and in the morning show archives there was this answer:

Why is a snooze alarm 9 minutes?

(5 March 2001)

Nine minutes seems like such an odd time for a snooze alarmaccording to one of my heroes, Cecil Adams, it seems that 10 minutes was to be the standard, but it was inaccurate with the old wind-up clocks. So when the alarm clocks went digital, no one asked the chip designer to make it ten they all averaged about nine, so we are stuck with nine.

I'm going to see if I can confirm this, as I have never seen a windup alarm with a snooze. It is a good source of the obscure trivia. Thanks Tay!
Taylorbeatles1964t on August 17th, 2001 11:06 am (UTC)
Re: alarm
No problem, any time!!! (lol no pun intended)
Benjibenji on August 17th, 2001 09:45 am (UTC)
My alarm clock has a changeable snooze..

5 mins
10 mins
15 mins
20 mins
30 mins
50 mins

no 9 minute snooze here. I think it's something american :P
Garygdj on August 17th, 2001 09:54 am (UTC)
Wow, I don't think I have ever seen a changable alarm snooze time. It makes sense that is should be easy to provide. Who makes the clock?
Benjibenji on August 17th, 2001 03:45 pm (UTC)
Amstrad heh. it's actually a radio alarm clock thingy but yeah.
Lindsey Hendersonncangel on August 17th, 2001 02:54 pm (UTC)
Just bored. . decided to read peoples journals.
I really can't explain why I was reading this journal entry. I just thought I'd comment and say that a 9 min. snooze is very annoying. I set my alarm clock on the other side of my room so that I'll HAVE to get up to turn it off. But, with the nine min. snooze and my knowledge in math, I just press it 7 times and sleep 63 more mins. Stupid, yes. . I really know. . but you get use to it. Why do I bother myself with stuff like that? Why do I even comment on this subject? To pass time I reckon!!

Thanks for reading.

NC Angel
Garygdj on August 17th, 2001 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Just bored. . decided to read peoples journals.
I understand on the being bored. I read many journals in a day's time! Read me anytime you like!