According to a decimal clock:

1

10

100

100

10.000

100.000

1,157 seconds

00:00:00

05:00:00

3,333 hours

According to a regular 24 hour clock:

1

24

60

60

3.600

86.400

0,864 seconds

00:00:00

12:00:00

8 hours

The metric system, which defines kilograms and litres, is based around the idea that calculating things is a lot easier when using multiples of 10. One meter equals 10 decimeters, equals 100 centimeters, equals 1,000 millimeters and so forth.

People have tried to apply the same idea to the amount of time in a day, and the result is called a decimal time system.

Learn more about decimal time, the Coordinated Universal Time standard (which defines our normal 24 hour days) and the metric system at WikiPedia!

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