Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Sicily Times

A few days ago, an odd phenomenon was reported from Sicily, specifically from Catania. An unusually multitudinous quantity of its inhabitants arrived on time for their appointments.

Naturally, such deviant behaviour caused some alarm, and upon investigation it was discovered that apparently many personal and household digital time-keeping devices - all too many to attribute it to a "coincidence" - had jumped around 15 to 20 minutes ahead. Other domestic appliances malfunctioned, too.

The anomaly was explained (in Italian) - sort of - by a biophysicist, Settimio Grimaldi, who speculated that the phenomenon may have had something to do with the electromagnetic emissions from the M.U.O.S., which may have interfered with time keeping devices. 

Others have tried to blame it on solar winds and/or electromagnetic activity associated with the Etna volcano. 
Still others, of course, have offered other, more or less colourful explanations, among which the imminent end of the world features prominently.

But of course. If Sicilians happen to be on time, the end of the world is nigh. Everyone knows that! 
Gotta love those patriots. :-)

To read a first-hand report on seriously misbehaving clocks, do not miss: Lost (in) time.

If you want to report a perceived dimensional anomaly, please do, but read this first.

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