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Totally missed that one 😂

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So, I just realized a clock I bought has a design flaw. Btw it's been hanging in our front room for over 6 months.

Can you pick out what it is?
by on Aug. 13, 2017 at 9:59 AM
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beans13
by Gold Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM
Maybe it's a clock thing.
notjstasocermom
by Sapphire Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM
It's 4, right?
almburr
by Ruby Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM
Lol
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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http://mentalfloss.com/article/24578/why-do-some-clocks-use-roman-numeral-iiii

Quoting left.drowning: My clock sats IIII for 4 in my living room.

I am looking at it right now.
left.drowning
by Fix Me on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:38 AM
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Thanks!

Quoting Lunarprancer: http://mentalfloss.com/article/24578/why-do-some-clocks-use-roman-numeral-iiii

Quoting left.drowning: My clock sats IIII for 4 in my living room.

I am looking at it right now.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM
isn't the hand for the seconds missing.
Susan_Marie1984
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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That's a neat tid bit of history... thanks!!

Quoting Lunarprancer: http://mentalfloss.com/article/24578/why-do-some-clocks-use-roman-numeral-iiii

Quoting left.drowning: My clock sats IIII for 4 in my living room.

I am looking at it right now.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:51 AM
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Its an either/or situation
CrystalSapphire
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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Clockmakers use "IIII" instead of "IV" for balance. It's more pleasing to the eye.
Olioxenfree
by Silver Member on Aug. 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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I actually wrote a paper on this in college. On many clocks, IIII replaces IV. It's been a tradition for centuries, I know Thomas Jefferson's clock at Monticello also has IIII. As far as I had read, it goes back to sundials, IIII has a more balanced appearance on a clock than IV, so many clockmakers used it to give a more aesthetic look. 

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