Saturday, September 20, 2008

The time eater

The jaws of the terrifying chronophage gape, its tail quivers and then gulp: another minute has been inexorably devoured. The creature blinks twice in satisfaction. After 60 gulps, the hour strikes with the ominous clonk of a chain dropping into a coffin.

The new clock at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge is meant to remind us that once a second is gone, it is gone forever. It cost over £1million to make, seven years to build, doesn't have any hands or numbers and it only tells the exact time once every five minutes.


Rauf said...

It has eaten 60 years of my life ?
i want it back Claudia. First twenty, not the next 40

Claudia said...

Don't we all, dear Rauf!