24-hour time is common in Europe, and in the airline industry, and the military.
Internally, many industries use 24-hour time, but publicly 12-hour time is dominant in Australia.
I have seen 24-hour time used at cafes. Perhaps they were run by Europeans; perhaps it was an attempt to seem more European.
Except… at the brand new Metro stations… where somehow, they’ve used both on the handy new screens.
As you can see, train departure times are in 12-hour time. But the current time is in 24-hour time. Ingenious!
(Note that in the background, there’s a standalone LED clock showing… 12-hour time.)
Both formats have their advantages. 12-hour is more commonly known, though 24-hour is less ambiguous. But wouldn’t it be better to choose one or the other?
I’d love to know how this happened. Is it some devious plan to get people gradually used to 24-hour time?
Or did someone just not think about how gloriously inconsistent this is?
Update: I’m told it was an error, and the displays will be updated shortly to consistently show 12-hour time.
— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) September 19, 2016