The sun is straight overhead at midday, mid-day, the middle of the day. It is high noon,
when the sun is at its most high. This is a good time to set your local clock to 12
O'Clock noon, when both hands point straight up.
Standardized time zones are a relatively recent invention. It used to be everyone set
their clocks according to the sun, with high noon, midday, the middle of the day, defined
as 12 O'Clock, when both hands point straight upwards. The invention of high speed travel
via railroads necessitated the invention of a standardized time, as railroad timetables
became increasingly complicated.
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