Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Mount Etna eruption closes airports and 'knocks clocks 15 minutes fast'
Daily Mail ^ | updated at 8:42 AM on 11th July 2011

Posted on 07/13/2011 11:57:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Sicilians, meanwhile, were quick to blame the volcano after thousands noticed that their clocks were running 15 minutes fast. The fast forward time keeping has affected a wide spectrum of digital clocks and watches - from computers through to alarm clocks. It was spotted when large numbers of locals started turning up for work early, and a Facebook page was organised for those involved to compare notes

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013145/Mount-Etna-eruption-closes-airports-knocks-clocks-15-minutes-fast.html#ixzz1S0p6usAr

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 15minutes; aliens; catastrophism; clocks; missingtime; mountetna; mountetnaclocks; ufo; weirdstuff

1 posted on 07/13/2011 11:57:38 AM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Oddity ping.

What’n’ell would make MANY digital clocks run faster?


2 posted on 07/13/2011 12:05:31 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FrogMom

A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 12:07:46 PM PDT by mnehring
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

Back to the future?


4 posted on 07/13/2011 12:14:16 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Perhaps digital clocks are the natural prey of volcanic eruptions?

It could happen. :)


5 posted on 07/13/2011 12:16:30 PM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama can't count.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

Can’t they just turn back the clocks and regain the 15 minutes? /s


6 posted on 07/13/2011 12:17:14 PM PDT by donozark (Beware the Imposter from Mombasa...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

>>>A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

Explain the watches running fast also mentioned in the article...


7 posted on 07/13/2011 12:18:50 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: RexBeach

>>>Perhaps digital clocks are the natural prey of volcanic eruptions?

Like tornados prey on trailer parks :)


8 posted on 07/13/2011 12:20:00 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: mnehring
A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

<speculation>
For that to happen, the grid would have to have been operating at higher than its normal frequency. Assuming they use 50 Hz power and the grid running at 55 Hz, the clocks would run 10% fast. To gain 15 minutes, the grid would have to have been running that fast for over two hours (actually, 150 minutes). (I'd think that some alarm at the power stations would have been going off for that entire time.)
</speculation>

9 posted on 07/13/2011 12:20:05 PM PDT by Bob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: FrogMom

The volcano obviously bent space-time in the vicinity.


10 posted on 07/13/2011 12:20:31 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Keith in Iowa

Yeah, that’s the ticket!


11 posted on 07/13/2011 12:21:18 PM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama can't count.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

I just noticed that digital watches were affected as well. I have no idea how that could, in any way possible, be related to the grid.


12 posted on 07/13/2011 12:23:15 PM PDT by Bob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Keith in Iowa

Actually a lot of clocks and watches use a quartz crystal to keep time:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_watch

maybe the magnetic fields or some other interference is messing up the frequency the crystals vibrate?


13 posted on 07/13/2011 12:24:08 PM PDT by bigtoona
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Imagine Europeans showing up for work early


14 posted on 07/13/2011 12:26:30 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Sicilians are pissed, it caused them to suddenly start showing up on time to all their appointments.


15 posted on 07/13/2011 12:26:32 PM PDT by Defiant (Our liberties are inalienable, even if Obama thinks otherwise.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Click the Kitties

Future Viking Kitties Say
Donate Monthly


A Sponsoring Freeper will contribute $10 for each New Monthly Donor

16 posted on 07/13/2011 12:28:47 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Defiant

Maybe we should have a volcano put in Washington. That would keep Ø from runnig habitually late for meetings and events.


17 posted on 07/13/2011 12:34:28 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Magnetism...?


18 posted on 07/13/2011 12:49:43 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

The Local Don was pissed.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 1:41:21 PM PDT by JimC214
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RexBeach

Now we know what happened to the FR posting time indicator.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 1:53:32 PM PDT by JimSEA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

> A lot of digital clocks are synchronized based on the frequency of the electrical grid. It the eruption knocked that out if wack it could mess up clocks.

It’s not that. The jump affects even digital wrist watches and other battery operated items. Plus, it’s a constant daily 15 to 20 minutes.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 2:03:47 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: FrogMom; Quix; Las Vegas Dave; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ...

Classic missing time — they were abducted by aliens.


22 posted on 07/13/2011 6:36:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RexBeach

I just hope they didn’t tell the people with normal timelines what was going to happen in the future. That would have been rude.


23 posted on 07/13/2011 6:38:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks FrogMom for the question and ping, thanks Keith in Iowa for the thought in message 7.


24 posted on 07/13/2011 6:40:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: TheOldLady

Those are some adorable kitties.


25 posted on 07/13/2011 6:41:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: muir_redwoods
Imagine Europeans showing up for work early"

I knew someone would eventually say it. It was my first thought.

"Imagine Europeans noticing the f'ing time".

26 posted on 07/13/2011 6:58:45 PM PDT by DainBramage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: muir_redwoods
Imagine Europeans showing up for work early"

I knew someone would eventually say it. It was my first thought.

"Imagine Europeans noticing the f'ing time".

27 posted on 07/13/2011 7:00:33 PM PDT by DainBramage
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

Probably nothing to do with ET’s, this time.

Though given the interesting events in this era . . . God only may truly know.


28 posted on 07/13/2011 8:20:29 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv; All
Since posting this I have been searching for more information. Most sites simply have the identical copy as shown at the link above. Italian language links make no mention of any clock discrepancies that I can see (though it would help if I was more fluent in Italian.)

I now believe that this story is a hoax.

29 posted on 07/13/2011 10:17:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Quix; FrogMom; Keith in Iowa

Please see post #29


30 posted on 07/13/2011 10:18:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: bigtoona; theDentist; Bob

Please see post #29


31 posted on 07/13/2011 10:20:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Did you check with ATS?

They have the most ruthlessly thorough pile of ferrets I know of. Seems like I saw something about that a week or 3 ago on there—may have been the same thing you’ve been finding. Maybe not.

Seems to me there were some different features in the items on ATS about it. And, there were some ATSers from the region in Italy purportedly involved. IIRC.


32 posted on 07/13/2011 10:22:22 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I don’t recall any connection with Mt Etna at the time, though. IIRC, they were at a complete loss as to how to explain the clocks changing.

There may have been some speculations about cosmic rays; ray weapons experiments; time differential experiments or attacks or cosmic something or others . . . no one seemed to have any explanation that was satisfying.


33 posted on 07/13/2011 10:23:55 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Quix

I will take a look. Thanks!


34 posted on 07/13/2011 10:25:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv

It takes one to know one.


35 posted on 07/14/2011 4:06:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Quix

What is ATS?


36 posted on 07/14/2011 7:47:43 AM PDT by ConfusedAndLovingIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: ConfusedAndLovingIt

HTTP://WWW.ABOVETOPSECRET.COM

It’s the other best source of alternative non-MSM news.

It’s opposite FR in some respects—was founded in the UK and is rife with atheist/agnostic liberals—though there is a significant Christian contingent holding forth somewhat.

There’s a lot of wild stuff on there. However, given so many atheist/agnostic fierce SUPER RATIONALISTS who don’t believe anything’s real unless the RELIGION OF PSEUDO-SCIENCE HAS VETTED IT—they have a compulsive habit like the naysayers on FR—of shredding everything possible.

They are more likely to call something a hoax that’s not than to miss uncovering a hoax.


37 posted on 07/14/2011 9:06:06 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson