Clockwise motion as forward movement of time is so ingrained in us, that we’d end up feeling uncomfortable with an anti-clockwise motion clock.

Even though theoretically it’ll be as easy to read it.

In the northern hemisphere, the sundial casts a shadow in clockwise direction and mechanical clocks were first widely developed there.

This probably led to the widespread use of clock wise rotation based clocks.

Oddly enough, there are a number of superstitions around the two possible motions. In Britain, walking anti-clockwise around a church thrice is considered enough to summon Satan.

Bolivia, being in the south, found the northern method culturally chauvinistic and so, as a mark of their own cultural identity, they decided their clocks should turn to the left.

Credits: Massimo on Twitter

TO DO: Read in-depth post on why some clocks run clockwise and some don’t.


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