Digital clocks - John C. Kirk
Sep. 7th, 2007
11:44 pm - Digital clocks
I do like xkcd, and the latest strip reminded me of something that happened at work recently.
I was waiting for a meeting, and I glanced at the nearest clock to see what time it was. I was rather surprised when the clock said "31:08", since that's not a plausible time. I blinked, and the clock innocently said "14:03". A minute or so later, it happened again, so I pointed it out to my colleague, but when she looked at the clock it had gone back to normal again. Hmm. The third time it happened, I was ready, so I urgently drew attention to it: "Look, that clock is being weird, I'm not going crazy!" She saw it, and said "Ah, it's showing the date."
Yes, that would make sense. In my defence, I still think it's pretty unusual behaviour for a clock. Ah well, it saved me from getting bored while I was waiting.