Explain this

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    sandra rinckposted 9 years ago

    A couple weeks ago I heard my phone make the sound it makes when I plug it in.  In the middle of night, I heard my phone plug back in.

    In the morning I checked my phone to see what time it was because I thought I was running late.  The microwave read 6:28, my phone, the cable box and the alarm clock in the bedroom said it was 6:08. 

    The three that I just mentioned all automatically tell time when you plug them in.  The microwave has to be programmed manually so when the power goes out you have to set the time again but the others ones, you don't.

    How did it happen?

    Is there such thing as "past time energy"?

    Other details

    All four units were connected to a different power source, the phone and microwave were on the same breaker for the kitchen.

    The alarm clock has a battery back up.

    1. Shahid Bukhari profile image59
      Shahid Bukhariposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      No ... just hard work ...

      Mental Work, consumes more "real time energy" than wrestling ...

      The differential, could perhaps be due you hurriedly setting the time on the Microwave  ...

      I reckon, your mention of "four setting" ... is probably, because you are thinking about the Fourth Dimension of Theoretical Physics ... Time ... while posting this question about past time energy ...

      There is only one Transience ... Life ... we calculate, and keep tab, by mechanical, now quite rare ... and electronic technology's means.

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        ShortStoryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        "Mental Work, consumes more "real time energy" than wrestling ..."


        Say what?

    2. Druid Dude profile image61
      Druid Dudeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, It has more to do with the gravitaional field fluctuations being noted, primarily, last I heard, in the south Atlantic, but areas of field anomalies have been noted elsewhere. Some say it has to do with the Mayan Alignment coming up in 2 years.

    3. OpinionDuck profile image60
      OpinionDuckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      From your account we are to assume that 6:28 is the correct time.
      We again have to assume that when you last set the microwave that it had the correct time.

  2. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 9 years ago

    Your devices run between a certain voltage. Ex. 90-120 V.  You probably had a small disruption in that voltage, which was enough to keep the devices on, but not maintain their accuracy.  If you have a volt meter you can check the outlets.

    An example of that is if you have ever been to Europe and plugged your devices into the outlet without a converter.

    1. Jeff Berndt profile image88
      Jeff Berndtposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Aw...and here was me hoping that space aliens were involved. Or Harry Dresden and his technology-killing magic aura. Ah, well.

      1. uncorrectedvision profile image60
        uncorrectedvisionposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I like the local wizard theory.

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        sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Well, keep trying because his answer isn't correct. smile

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    sandra rinckposted 9 years ago

    Believe it or not the answer is so simple I can hardly believe it took nearly three weeks to figure it out.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The microwave restarted at the standard 12:00 setting.  The power was interrupted for 20 minutes.  At 11:40 the power was resumed with the microwave clock starting over at 12:00.  A twenty minutes difference!

      1. habee profile image91
        habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        She said the power resumed in the middle of the night, didn't she? I didn't think she would consider 11:40 the middle of the night. The time on the alarm clock, the cable box, and the phone were all correct. The microwave time was the one that was wrong.

        Were you cooking something in the microwave that took 6 minutes, 28 seconds earlier? Or did you interrupt something earlier that had this amount of time left to cook in the microwave? Maybe the "time" on the micro wasn't the actual time of day, but the cooking time.

  4. habee profile image91
    habeeposted 9 years ago

    Are ya gonna tell us?

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    logic,commonsenseposted 9 years ago

    I'd blame it all on the Hadron collider and their experiment where they produced a small amount of antimatter! smile

    1. Shahid Bukhari profile image59
      Shahid Bukhariposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The LHC does not produce, Matter, hence, Antimatter ... Its an expensive technology, which when fully functional, will approximately mimics the Post Bang State, of Matter ... period ...

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        logic,commonsenseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Just kidding!

  6. Misha profile image65
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    LOL Check the phone power cord, must be either bad wire or bad/poorly seated plug smile

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    sandra rinckposted 9 years ago

    Actually Randy is right but he cheated!

    1. habee profile image91
      habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How could he have cheated on something like this? RD's not a cheater!

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        sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I posted the same question on facebook and I figured it out just before I put it up here and left the answer there.  He looked.  But I enjoyed the various guesses.

        Misha was probably most logical and I thought about it at one point but it didn't fit since it had nothing to do with the microwave.

        1. habee profile image91
          habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Ahhh...I see.

    2. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I resent the accusation that I cheated Sandra!  I didn't have to go anywhere to solve this simple problem.  I was well aware some appliances revert back to 12:00 when the power is interrupted. 

      Being aware of this, the rest is merely simple math.  One of my favorite pastimes is doing expert logic problems.  Just because it took YOU a long time to figure it out doesn't mean the problem was difficult at all!  Sheesh!

      Being accused of cheating on such a simple problem is insulting to me and is tantamount to calling me a liar!  Sorry, but as far as I know, I've never been on your Facebook page!

      1. habee profile image91
        habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        RD, that reminds me - I'm so glad you introduced me to logic problems years ago. I bought a new logics problems book when we were in Gatlinburg. The Joneses couldn't understand why you and I find working such problems so much fun!

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Logic problems are great for learning to look at all facets of a problem.  I am still pissed about being accused of cheating on such a simple problem!

          1. habee profile image91
            habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            RD, you have to remember that not everyone thinks analytically or numerically. They might be very smart in other areas, however. I know you've always enjoyed problem solving, as do I, but not everyone is a nerd like us! lol

            1. Randy Godwin profile image91
              Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              Perhaps I am taking this too personal, but I am not accustomed to being labeled a cheater.  Just because it took Sandra 3 weeks to solve a problem I answered in less than a minute is no reason for her to resort to unfounded accusations.

              I suppose anyone who answered this question correctly would have been likewise accused!

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                sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                No Randy.  You know how when kids compete with each other and the loser goes, "you cheated" even though you know it isn't true but you just say it "funny like", not "you are a liar". 

                At any rate I am sorry.  You are the last person I thought would take this so seriously.

                1. Randy Godwin profile image91
                  Randy Godwinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  If you had not further said I went to your FB page to get the answer, I would have let it slide, Sandra.  Perhaps I did overact but there was no indication you were kidding about this.  No lols, no smiley faces, nothing to indicate you were anything but serious.

                  I accept your apology, but I think I will avoid these types of questions from now on.

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                    sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                    Good, perhaphs you should. wink  Is that gud enuf for u?

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        sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I am sorry for that then.  Didn't realize you would take it so personally.

  8. habee profile image91
    habeeposted 9 years ago

    Sandra, in Randy's defense, I don't think he ever goes on FB!

  9. zzron profile image57
    zzronposted 9 years ago

    It appears that not all electrical devices are made the same requiring certain ones to need to be reset when the power is lost.

 
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