The Time of Day

One time in seventh grade my friend Mike told me that if you dialed 411 to call the operator for information, they could give you the exact time of day because they had an official clock.

Being a nerd, I got way too excited about setting the VCR with the exact time. So I grabbed the phone, pulled the cord all the way into the living room, and perched myself in front of the TV, ready to set the VCR clock with the exact time at the moment it was given to me.

Then this happened.

Operator: Hello this is Information, City and State please?

Me: Actually, I was calling to ask if you could give me the current time?

Operator: Sure, it’s about quarter past four.

Me: Oh. Okay…thanks.