If you’ve ever been curious or paid a little attention to the standard time at which most clocks are set you would have been forced to know the reason behind this bizarre norm. Observations show that in any advert the clock shows the time 10:10. There is no specific or scientific theory behind this. However, people till date have come up with many different possible reasons for the same. Below are some popular reasons for the time 10:10:

Symmetrical Look: When the watch is at 10:10 we get a vertical symmetry in the face of the clock.

Smiley Look: When we look at a watch at 10:10, we see as if the watch is smiling. It is better to have a smiling face, rather than having a crying face when the time is at 8:20.

Visibility: When the hands are at 10:10, we have the makers name and other details clearly visible when they are placed at above or below the centre.

Victory: When the clock is at 10:10, the hands are similar to the letter “v” which symbolises victory.

First Watch: The first watch is made/completed at this time.

Abraham Lincoln: Many say that Abraham Lincoln died at 10:10p.m. and hence the watches show the time he breathed his last. However, according to research, Lincoln was shot at night around 10:15 p.m., and died the following morning around 7:22 a.m. We shall never find out what the truth behind this phenomenon is, history always remains a mystery!

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Attack: It is said that the first atomic bomb was dropped at 10:10 and in remembrance of all the victims, all unused clocks or the clocks which are presented in show-cases have the same time.