A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 26, 2016
“The best time on a clock is 6:30. Hands down”

"6:30” on an analog clock is a time when both the hour hand and the minute hand are faced down. “Hands down” means “without question.” “Barack is the man, hands down like 6:30” was posted on Twitter on January 20, 2009. “kanye’s the shit . hands down like 6:30” was posted on Twitter on February 26, 2009. “Hands down—6:30” has been a popular rap expression.

“I’m the best… hands down… on analog clock like 6:30” was posted on Twitter on May 4, 2011. “"My favorite time on an analog clock is 6:30. Hands down” was posted on Twitter on October 9, 2012. “The best time on an analog clock is 6:30. Hands down” was posted on Twitter on April 9, 2014.


Wiktionary: hands down
Etymology
The origin of this colloquialism seems to have its roots in mid-19th century horseracing. When a horse jockey is nearing the finish line far ahead of the competition, “with victory certain”, he could drop his hands, relaxing his hold on the reins, and still win the race. “By the late 19th century the phrase was being used in non-racing contexts to mean ‘with no trouble at all.’”
Adverb
hands down
‎(comparative more hands down, superlative most hands down)
1. (idiomatic) without much effort; easily
2. (idiomatic) without question

Twitter
MayneAllDay
‏@maynepheature
Barack is the man, hands down like 6:30.....
12:34 PM - 20 Jan 2009

Twitter
haze the gemini
‏@mhghaze
kanye’s the shit . hands down like 6:30 .
9:33 PM - 28 Feb 2009

Twitter
Last Letter
‏@ZieOKC
I’m the best… hands down… on analog clock like 6:30
12:20 AM - 4 May 2011

Twitter
Shad Banks
‏@ShadBanks
Regardless of all these new rappers. Esco, will always be my favorite rapper of all-time, hands down like 6:30 on a analog clock!
9:37 AM - 27 Sep 2011

Twitter
Jordan Poptart
‏@JordanPoptart
My favorite time on an analog clock is 6:30. Hands down
11:26 PM - 9 Oct 2012

Twitter
Karl From Online
‏@HammerFist3
The best time on an analog clock is 6:30. Hands down.
11:48 PM - 9 Apr 2014

FASAB (Fight Agains Stupidity and Bureaucracy)
I’d Say 6:30 Is The Best Clock Time, Hands Down.
July 3, 2014

YouTube
JBO - Hands Down (6:30) Official Video
Frontline Living
Published on Jul 20, 2015

Reddit
On an analog clock, 6:30 is the best time of day…
submitted August 5, 2015 by Stokholmusic101
Hands down

16 August 2015, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “More words to the would-be wise” by Eric Zorn, pg. 20:
Re: Tweets
In our online poll, readers selected this from @HammerFist3 as the tweet of the week: “The best time on an analog clock is 6:30. Hands down.”

Reddit
6:30 is the best time on a clock, hands down.
submitted November 3. 2015 by iCeCoCaCoLa64

YouTube
Fabulous - Milly Rock Lyrics
Mystery Ride
Published on Jan 11, 2016
(...)
Straight up, but my bitch curvy
My shit clean but my piss dirty
I’m done chilling, it’s my time
Hands down like 6: 30

Reddit—Dad Jokes
6.30 is the best time on a clock. (self.dadjokes)
submitted March 28, 2016 by akme777
Hands down.

Facebook
Max Webster
‎ to Dad Jokes

March 31, 2016
6:30 is the best time on the clock. Hands down!

Posted by Barry Popik
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