Have I got the creepy perfection in clockwork for you today, just in time for Halloween. But first, a hoo-ha to my revamped website and highly anticipated group blog debuting soon. It's really a no-brainer as to which is created by a professional, but each serves its purpose. I hope you'll pop over and let me know what you think...wait. Only if you like them. Otherwise you can feed your opinion to the grasshopper.
Thanks to frequent visitor Melanie for this item of the weird. Apparently, I've been obsessing about time long enough that people instantly think of me with all things relating to time and clocks. That's branding, baby!
This is the "Corpus Clock." Its inventor conceived it to pay homage to an Englishman named John Harrison, who in 1725 invented the grasshopper escapement, a mechanical device in all clocks that helps regulate movement.
The clock features no hands and is designed to speed up and slow down at erratic intervals. The grasshopper's teeth and barbed tail are integrated into the clock's function and stand as a metaphor for "eating time." Thirty seconds into each minute the beast's jaws open, only to snap shut at :59 seconds. When the hour tolls, a chain clanks into a coffin, which then slams shut.
The corpus clock's inventor, John Taylor, dipped into his own pocket (at a cost of 1 million pounds-$1.8 million) and states, "My object was simply to turn a clock inside out so that the grasshopper became a reality."
It's erratic motion speaks to time's relativity. Taylor recalls Albert Einstein's observation: "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." more on the Corpus Clock
Obviously, the man standing in this photo is not Stephen Hawking, the famous cosmologist who unveiled the clock at the Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England recently, but he does seem sucked in by it.
Today's fun: write the caption for what he must be thinking.
Have a super weekend, everyone!