Whim of the Week – 65

Funny clocks and counters…

Today I walked up to the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), all the way up the hill, enjoying some of the last fall colors around town. When I finally arrived, I wanted to check how long it had taken me. But the clock in the SFI kitchen was sufficiently confusing that I couldn’t quite figure it out. I think it took me somewhere around \(\sqrt{2}\) hours.

I had a similar problem several years ago after my landlady had bought a new clock through a mail order company. It seemed that something had gone wrong during the shipping.

And even simply counting can sometimes be confusing!

Oh well, maybe it was all just because of the lack of oxygen, given that Santa Fe is at 2200m/7000ft altitude…


whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.