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Found 45 posts tagged ‘temporal anomaly’


May 19, 2021 (permalink)

There is a six-hour discrepancy at this clock tower in Scranton, Pennsylvania, documented by Scott Chenoweth.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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February 20, 2021 (permalink)

When we're asked, as chronologicians, to correct a temporal anomaly, we often have to explain that it's not as easy as resetting a clock, for there are mighty forces out there.  From NY School of Agriculture at Alfred University's 1942 yearbook.
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October 14, 2020 (permalink)

Because timelessness is defined as zero succession and infinite simultaneity, clock towers without clock hands are paragons of timelessness.  This handless clock tower near Mansfield, England was documented by Stephen McKay.
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August 16, 2020 (permalink)

"If you take a flashlight and shine it on a sundial at night, you can make the sundial tell any time you want" (Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye).  From Pfeiffer's 1961 yearbook.
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June 30, 2020 (permalink)

The city of An Oghmagh, Northern Ireland seems to exist within a rift in the fabric of time/space.  Temporal anomalies documentarian Kenneth Allen offers three proofs.  The first occurs at the troubling intersection of two streets with the same name (that's always playing with fire), and the clock (four hours early) is situated below a word missing its apostrophe.  (Grammatical anomalies may, for reasons still foggy, trigger temporal anomalies all on their own.)  Two "Campsie" streets, two (or more?) "Charlies" ... it's all a lot for the time to keep up with.  The second proof is of a clock that proclaims "3:17" at 11:00 a.m.  The third proof is of a clock displaying "6:15" at 11:30 a.m.  For any would-be time travelers, An Oghmagh offers a city-wide portal.




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June 23, 2020 (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Troy, Alabama.  The clock tower of the public library displays the wrong time.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the source of the distortion at a glance.  The front window of the library reflects a warping of space, and that warping has shifted the hands of the clock.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for precisely why is Troy, Alabama so buckled?  Is the fabric of space-time being prodded by the phallic monument in the town square?
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June 16, 2020 (permalink)

It's simultaneously 10:30 and 2:45 in Gullbringusysla, Iceland.  This temporal anomaly was documented by Anthony Stanley, who blamed windy conditions.  Though we weren't on location to verify a meteorological cause for the timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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June 9, 2020 (permalink)

It's simultaneously 6:15 and 8:40 at this clock tower in Santa Ana, documented by Richard Habeck at 6:56.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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June 2, 2020 (permalink)

We experienced a temporal anomaly after spending the night at the haunted clock tower in Solvang.
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May 27, 2020 (permalink)

Arman's "L’Heure de Tous" sculpture at the Saint Lazare train station has created temporal anomalies not only in Paris but all across Europe and even parts of Turkey.  Though we are proponents of art in general, we must formally denounce this particular sculpture for its recklessness with the fabric of spacetime.  Photos by Juanedc and Vincent Aguerre.  
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May 20, 2020 (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Lake Wales, Florida.  Two faces of the town clock are a few minutes in disagreement.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the source of the problem at a glance.  Directly below the clock faces in question is a sign with the word "Slow," just disruptive enough to sedate time by two to three minutes.
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May 13, 2020 (permalink)

It is simultaneously midnight and 2:10 at this clock tower in Lima, Ohio, documented by Tom Ramsey at 10:58.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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May 7, 2020 (permalink)

"If time stops, this is what takes place, these changes.  Not frozen-ness, but revelation."
Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
Every clock in Boca Raton, Florida, reflects a temporal anomaly.  We found nine clock faces in the city, no single one of which showed the correct time.  Four clocks on one tower agreed with each other, though they were all fifteen minutes off.  The other clocks we spotted were in disagreement with one another as well as being incorrect.  "To learn what’s going on in Boca Raton takes time" (Jason Pelish, Boca Raton News), and therein lies the irony.
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April 27, 2020 (permalink)

It's simultaneously 5:35 and 10:50 in this temporal anomaly in Daytona Beach, Florida, documented by Paulbr75.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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April 20, 2020 (permalink)

Photographed at 4:22, the clock faces display 6:16 and 8:15.  Brian Rawson-Ketchum noticed and documented this temporal anomaly in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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April 13, 2020 (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Frostproof, Florida.  The Citizens Bank clock displays four faces with three different times.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the source of the problem at a glance.  Painted on one side of the building is a trompe l'oeil door, recalling Egyptian tombs' false doors to the afterlife (doors "as permeable as fog," in chambers "where nothing purports to be real, where everything stands for something else. ... Even in this timeless scene, change is visible"*).  Indeed, the false door has manifested timelessness through the visible adjustments of the clock faces.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for whose souls have passed through the false door or received offerings through it?
*Joanna Scott, The Manikin: A Novel
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April 7, 2020 (permalink)

It's simultaneously 12:20 and 12:07 in this temporal anomaly at the University of Guelph, documented by David Allan Barker.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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April 1, 2020 (permalink)


At 7:35, the "Geneva" clock is two hours early and the others are five hours early.  (By the way, in the city of Geneva itself, the time would have been 1:35.)  This temporal anomaly in Manhatten was documented by Jag9889.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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March 26, 2020 (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The clock in the bedroom of our historic farmhouse lodging displays a frozen time.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we saw the source of the problem instantly.  Placed right next to the clock is an empty antique birdcage.  That relic is the cause of the clock's inoperability.  An empty cage traditionally symbolizes that something in one's life has escaped; we've all heard that "time flies," and so QED.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for has an old clock in a nearby farmhouse now gained time?  By the way, that slip of paper in the corner of our photo is from a fortune cookie that a stranger gifted me after the Ghost concert we attended (ticket and earplugs also pictured).  The fortune reads, "Do what is right, not what you should."  (And yes, apparently we do take and eat candy from strangers.)

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March 19, 2020 (permalink)


It's simultaneously 12:16 and 9:30 in this temporal anomaly in Denver, Colorado, documented by B. Keeler Foster.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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