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12:00, 1:05, 2:10, 3:15, 4:20, 5:25, 6:30, 7:35, 8:40, 9:45, 10:50,
and 11:55 are the times when the minute and hour hands of a clock pass
each other. These are also the only times when this particular alarm
clock may be set, because the crossing of the two hands is the main
component in this device.
the name suggests, the two hands have been replaced by a set of
scissor blades, one being a bit longer than the other. At their
crossing point, they carry out a cutting action.
This action is brought to bear on a fake finger which is pre-set to
protrude from a series of holes corresponding to the cross over hand
times. When the hands cross, they slice off the tip of the finger, and
release a pre-recorded expression of shock and horror. The severed
tip tumbles down and lies at the bottom of the clock, removal being
facilitated by opening the glass front.
Extra fingers are stored in a magazine, which must be loaded and
replaced when they are all used up. (as they are made of rubber, they
can be used again in their severed form to erase pencil drawings)
Happy new year all - may the hands of time leave you unscathed for another year.
||[+] but please, correct the list of times.
||I'm pretty sure the list should be:
...so, [xenzag] thinks the minute hand overtakes the hour hand 12 times every 12 hours whereas I think it overtakes the hour hand only 11 times every 12 hours.
||Bun. Extra notional bun if finger is hollow and contains fake blood, plus has a brittle core that makes that distinctive crunching noise that scissors make when slicing through bone (unless the cut is at the first joint, in which case something to give a gristle noise is needed).
||Re times: times are only approximate, as the width of the
finger will be a factor. I actually, and lazily of course, just
copied and pasted the results of a search for crossover
||So, the hands cross eachother at 11:55 and again 5
||Hence my point about this clock's hands crossing 12 times
every 12 hours, rather than 11 times, like normal clocks.
||Ha! If you want a "normal" clock, don't come to halfbakery :-)
||Perhaps, instead of rotating smoothly, geared together, each hand jumps forward incrementally. So the minute hand jumps forward once a minute, and the hour hand jumps forward once an hour. That would satisfy the original list of times, including a superposition of hour and minute hands at 5 to 12 (as the minute hand jumps forward onto the 5 to mark) and then 5 minutes later when the minute hand jumps from 1-minute-to to the oclock mark as the hour hand simultaneously jumps forward from 11 to 12.
||The 12 finger-holes in this clock would of course be spaced equally around the clock face, symmetrically inbetween the 12 hour markings. The slicing would be an incremental 5-minute series of 5 crunches.
||OK guys, get ready to cringe: will there be an optional Lorena Bobbitt model?
||<cue horrific male screaming>