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One of the most beloved novelty clocks of all time, the cuckoo clock was created by Franz Anton Ketterer in 1730.
Ketterer resided in a village in the Black Forest of Germany.
The first mechanical alarm clocks were developed in Europe sometime in the 14th or 15th centuries.
Alarms were first used in household mantel, wall, and grandfather clocks in the 17th century.
By the 18th century, European immigrants had brought the concept of alarm clocks with them to the U. One American, Levi Hutchins, is often attributed with creating the first mechanical alarm clock in 1787, but alarm clocks were already in use in Europe, so historians are not unanimous on this point.
On the hour, every hour, a door on the clock opens and a figurine pops out as a "cuckoo" sound is made.
This noise is produced by wind rushing through two pipes, each creating a different syllable.
Musical clocks include a melody after the "cuckoos" and feature a third weight (non-musical clocks only have two).
Some musical variations feature dancers or other figurines that spin to the melody.
A silent instrument missing such a striking mechanism has traditionally been known as a timepiece.
The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day, the lunar month, and the year.
Clock technology had improved sufficiently that table clocks became popular, where the clock was placed on a sturdy table both for support and to showcase the fine artwork.
While these clocks did not keep good time, the table clocks that were made for royalty at the end of the sixteenth century were impressive works of art that took center stage on a large table.
One "cuckoo" is made for each hour that has passed (one call at one o’clock, two calls at two o’clock, etc.).Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating