Thursday, 7 April 2016

Why Do They Call It A Grandfather Clock?

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A grandfather clock is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower, or waist of the case. Grandfather clocks - with their long cases, pendulums, echoing chimes, and roman numerals - seem to belong to the world of courting parlors, silent movies, and going out on a date for an ice cream soda. In short, the world of grandparents.

This may seem logical and obvious, but the real reason these timekeeping devices picked up the grandfatherly nickname has nothing to do with grandparents.

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