"Eighty-three percent of all days in the year start the same way - the alarm clock is ringing ...". The fantastic story of the Strugatsky brothers "Monday begins on Saturday" was written more than half a century ago - in 1965. But, even today the phrase remains relevant, most people on the planet begin their working day with the signal of one of the most hated objects in everyday life - an alarm clock.
14 interesting facts about alarms:
- Doctors advise setting a calm melody on the alarm clock that does not frighten a person with a sharp call. But the Japanese have gone even further - they have developed a model of an alarm clock, which, at a given time, does not wake up with a bell, but begins to emit a pleasant smell. The developers argue that this way it is much easier to move away from the sleepy state.
- If waking up from a sharp call is unpleasant, then imagine what the state of the sleeping person will be like if someone starts tickling his feet. And at one time the genius Leonardo da Vinci worked on such an alarm clock - the alarm clock simply began to rub his feet at the right time.
- The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, if he decided to take a short nap, used a very original alarm clock: he took a metal ball in his hands, and put a copper tray next to it. That's the whole trick: as soon as Aristotle fell asleep soundly, the ball fell from his hands and, hitting the copper, made such a loud sound that it was simply impossible not to wake up.
- In ancient China, fire sticks made from a mixture of resin and sawdust were used as alarm clocks, to which a weight was tied with a thread. The stick was set on fire, and when it burned down to a thread and burned it out, the weight fell on a metal stand and woke the person up.
- In 1787, American Levi Hutchins assembled a mechanical alarm clock. True, he had one very big drawback: it was impossible to regulate the time on it, the wake-up signal was invariably given at the same time - four in the morning. This was done because the main buyers of such alarm clocks were farmers who get up very early. In our time, it certainly would not have received widespread use.
- An alarm clock, which can be set to any desired time, was patented in 1847 by the Frenchman Antoine Radier.
- The "BanClock" watch combines not only the functions of an alarm clock, but also a piggy bank. As befits any alarm clock, "Ban Clok" will wake you up at the right time. But, turning it off by simply pressing a button will not work - you need to feed the piggy bank alarm clock by throwing a coin into the hole. A person who has not yet woken up is unlikely to be able to do such a trick.
- A person, for good rest, needs to sleep about eight hours a day. But, some psychologists claim that waking up from the sound of an alarm clock, a person will feel overwhelmed all day, even if he slept much more than this norm.
- Alarm clocks are also available for people with hearing impairments to help them oversleep. For example, Chilean craftsmen made a special pillow that vibrates and shakes the head.
- Drivers are not ignored either. The Japanese alarm clock in its structure resembles a hearing aid, which is attached to the auricle. As soon as the driver drops his head abruptly, a signal is triggered. The novelty was appreciated not only by motorists, many office workers also use such an alarm clock so as not to disconnect at the workplace.
- One of the Czech collectors has a collection of two thousand alarm clocks. He prefers not to name his name, introducing himself briefly: "Mister Alarm Clock". The collector fears that unnecessary advertising may attract the attention of criminals who will steal his treasure.
- During the filming of the acclaimed film Groundhog Day, there was a scene in which an annoyed hero tosses and shatters the ringing alarm clock. But the purchased copy only cracked slightly from hitting the wall, then the film crew had to hit it with a hammer. But even after that, he continued to call.
- There are special alarm pillows for deaf people. Such an alarm clock begins to vibrate, deflate, inflate and shake the head of the sleeping person at the same time.
- MIT's Gauri Nanda of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded the 2005 Shnobel Prize for inventing the Clocky runaway alarm clock.