A clock-orrery mashup may be more trouble than it's worth

I don't think I want to tell time on this thing.

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The pages of Crave have seen many a strange clock recently. In fact, we may or may not have imposed a moratorium on writing about creative clocks, even the kind that wake you up with bacon. But this one, featured on Technabob, is really worth a mention because of its sheer convolutedness.

An orrery. Wikimedia Foundation

Basically, this Japanese clock, which doesn't even look like a clock, is modeled off that classic old astronomy gadget called the orrery. A number of little aluminum "planets" circle a central body, and you decipher the time by "reading" the position of the planets. I suppose it'd make a cute desktop decoration, but personally, I don't think I'd ever be able to get a hang of telling time on this thing. But if you're one of those home planetarium nerds, maybe you'd like one. Plus, it's the equivalent of $35, so who's complaining?

Now say "orrery" five times fast. Or if that's too easy, try "ornery orrery."

(Technabob via Notcot.org)

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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