The clock in my bedroom is radio controlled – it’s always correct; yet I can leave my bedroom at 8.10am, walk down the stairs and according to the time on breakfast TV it’s 8.17am. How does that happen? This is a normal thirteen step staircase in a normal house.
I’ve considered the options:
- There are different time zones in my house, ie upstairs and downstairs are not in sync. I don’t think this applies because if the TVs are on upstairs and down, they are almost in sync – there might be a two second delay. Technically that is a different time zone, but two seconds versus seven minutes. No. Not accepting that.
- It takes me seven minutes to walk down the stairs. Even I don’t take seven minutes to walk down thirteen steps; they’re carpeted, so it’s not as if they are outside, wet and slippery. So discounting this one.
- I can’t tell the time. This is possible, but I’m ruling it out as most of the clock displays are digital – I can read numbers.
- There’s a time vortex on my stairs. This is the only logical explanation. It takes me about one minute to walk down the stairs, so where do I go during those illusive six minutes? I don’t know, or I can’t remember, or time is erasing my memory.
Just had a thought – are there really only thirteen steps?