By Nathalie LERX
Disaster! A quelques heures de l. a. distribution des cadeaux, le Père Noël a disparu. Les lutins l'ont pourtant cherché partout, mais il reste introuvable. Ils décident alors de mener l'enquête...
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They did not even strike the hour. They were used to alert somebody or to toll a bell that called monks to prayer. Their movements were simple and noisy, driven as they were by weights and wheels. Called 'turret clocks', these first clocks were nearly always placed on church or bell towers, so that everybody could see or at least hear them in the town. They were not of much use when they were out of sight or earshot for 57 The pendulum escapement German rack clock German novelty clock anybody who wanted to move about and still know the time.
Clearly, these changing lengths of daytime would create many problems while using shadow clocks. For the 'temporary' hours, as their time divisions were called, would vary over the year in length. An early Egyptian schoolboy would find, to his greatest dismay, 39 The shadow clock Egyptian shadow clock that a class in the summer months would really stretch longer than it did in the winter! He must have fidgeted restlessly during those hot hours, and probably earned a caning from his irate teacher!
For this, a mechanism called an 'escape wheel' was later provided, which served as a kind of brake. This prevented the hour hand from whizzing around the dial. Although these clocks were most useful, they did lose at least half an hour everyday. So we cannot say that they were very reliable timekeepers. Luckily there were no trains or aeroplanes to catch in those days! It is likely that the speed at which the parts of these clocks moved was altered slightly by hot or cold weather, as also by oiling or rusting of these parts.