There is America and then there is the rest of the world and America, a dominant world culture, insists on using an odd to the rest of the world date format. It drives me crazy and it can make it so difficult when trying to work out dates.
Is this the 6th of November?
No, apparently not, it is the 11th of June.
In America it would read 06/11/13.
In Australia and much of the world it would be 11/06/13.
There now seems to be a world standard and it has been embraced by the BBC and our ABC, written like this, 20130611. But for heavens sake America, get with the rest of the world for the less formal time expression. It is in order you know, smallest to largest, dd/mm/yyyy.
And while I am at it, my virus checker did a summer update and was labelled as such, right in the middle of our winter. Americas cultural imperialism knows no bounds.
But of course I do have an American standard clock and I do have an American virus checker and they were my choice because they suited.
My work operates with a twenty four hour time clock. I have come to learn 24 hour time, in fact I instantly know 24 hour time, especially before noon (insert emoticon with quizzical eyebrows). It is useful to know and leads to much less confusion than using am and pm.
Using a 24 hour clock removes another issue, 12 noon, which seems to be expressed now as 12 pm, but I just won't wear that at all. It is either 12 noon or 12 midnight. Care to meet for coffee at 14.00 on 06/11? I do like to plan in advance. Of course I would just say two o'clock. I don't do coffee at 2am. In fact I don't do 2am at all.
World matters are troublesome enough. Why do we have time issues?