Growing up most people didn't have a chance to have a watch or a clock on the wall for some they had roosters to wake them up and sunsets to tell them when it was time for supper.

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Even playing outside with your friends, you had to be back in the house when the streetlights came on.

We weren't walking around with Apple watches back then so how did we know the sun was about to go down?

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According to Times News, a study in 2016 showed that 75% of American children couldn't read an analog clock which makes telling time a dying skill.

Although there are many ways to tell time without a watch or clock, there is an old and maybe forgotten way to tell when the sun is setting.

Maybe you grew up on a farm and were taught this already, or you had this knowledge passed down to you.

you may or may have not heard of using your hand to tell time based on where the sun lined up. How does that work is what you may ask well I came across a Facebook post that broke it down into 4 steps:

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1. You face the sun and extend your arm in front of you so that your palm faces towards
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2. Position your index finger so that it rests just below the sun & your pinky parallel to the edge of the horizon
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3. Count the number of fingers it takes to reach from the sun to the horizon. Each ascending finger represents 15 minutes until sunset
4. If you have enough space line up your second hand directly below and continue counting each hand representing one hour
Have you ever heard of this method? Does it work?

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