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Date: 07/26/12 03:04 PM

33 Responses to How To Estimate Daylight With Your Hand [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    July 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm
    Link: How To Estimate Daylight With Your Hand - Another awesome life hack!
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    unmercyfuldu Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    Now enjoy setting up camp while blind!
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    les stroud showed me this years ago
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    angle1700 Male 50-59
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    July 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    or, while your arm is up at that angle, you could always look at your watch. If you have problems raising your arm, look at your cell phone
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm
    Uh, I have a car... with headlights.

    ...

    And a credit card... for a hotel room and room service. I ain`t scrounging for sh it!
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    g3n3r1k Male 18-29
    250 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    oh! so now you`re saying our hands evolved to tell time in the sky!? evolution is a joke! GOD IS ALL. maybe... idk
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    OK for the standard average hand.
    If you are of Irish descent, or a fraction thereof, (such as myself), you will have shorter, wider fingers.
    This means you get to stop trekking earlier.
    You dine on your wild-man`s bush-food, then take to the sack with your dearly beloved, who enjoys the benefit of your shorter, wider fingers, for a longer time, due to your early night.
    (Sorry about that, imagination got the better of me!)
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm
    The farther I hold my hand from my face, the more time I have before sundown!
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    highonhuffin Male 40-49
    180 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    Tried this once to estimate the time to cook Ramen. Went blind staring at the sun.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    who needs functioning retinas or watches when you have this!
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    LuckyDave Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    Just be sure you are wearing sunglasses before you try this.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    The sun slows down at sun rise/set, because the light bends more near the horizons. So this doesn`t really work.
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    ZsaZsaGoar Female 18-29
    144 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Yea this is a very old and very inaccurate trick.
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    July 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    "The sun slows down at sun rise/set, because the light bends more near the horizons. So this doesn`t really work. "

    I don`t think that`s accurate.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
    1443 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    @BlankTom: Air bends light.
    The more air between your eyes and the sun, like when rising or setting, the more it is bent. So it does appear to your eyes that it is slower.
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    djfoth Male 18-29
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    July 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    This is `fairly` accurate, and I have measured it on backpacking trips. BUT! They left out the MOST important part of how to use it. Look at the illustration at the bottom. The man`s arm is at the correct length. Strait, but relaxed. If someone just read this they would probably put their hand right by their face.....drastically changing the outcome.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    I`m supposed to figure this out after how many beers????
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Ok, I gotta doobie in one hand and a beer in the other. Can I do this with my feet???
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    icelimesun Female 18-29
    19 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    ummm, but you have to look at the sun for this to work. can`t set up a camp when you`re blind!
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm
    Girl, it don`t frikken matter if you`re blind.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    July 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm
    Hello, dark all the time
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    July 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    Bear Grylls taught me this.

    So yeah, it doesn`t work.
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    MrLill Male 18-29
    371 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 12:30 am
    Really? People don`t know about this? It does work very well unless you`re hopeless, in which case, probably means you can`t set up a shelter either.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 12:50 am
    It only works with accuracy on the Equator. Here in the Southeastern US, the fingers are more of 20 min to half hour intervals, rather than 15.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7707 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 3:04 am
    Aw c`mon, guys! Does this work or not? I`m waiting to go camping.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 6:53 am
    Bear Grylls taught me this.

    So yeah, it doesn`t work.
    Probably because you aren`t drinking your own urine. Try that and see if it helps. ;-)
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    DShephard Male 18-29
    1595 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 8:18 am
    If I try to look at the sun, I probably wouldn`t see anything.. so it definitely doesn`t work for me.
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    cartright Male 30-39
    58 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 11:31 am
    If you do this right... it`s the shadow puppet dog that tells you the time.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    Touche, Patch. ;)
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    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
    1250 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Since when are tips hacks
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
    446 posts
    July 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    If you do this and you get more than 2 hand widths from the moon to the horizon, then hang out at Denny`s till sunup.
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    furrything Male 50-59
    1310 posts
    July 28, 2012 at 12:47 am
    ....or you could buy a watch!
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11742 posts
    July 28, 2012 at 10:20 am
    It would be close but not as accurate as that. Some people have much bigger hands than others. Just use common sense and you`ll be fine. If you don`t have that, don`t go out anyway.

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