"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Alibi Clock

An alibi is the argument that a person was somewhere else or has to be somewhere else at a stated time. It is usually used in the context of a defence in a law court where the accused claims innocence on the grounds that other people can provide an alibi - i.e. support his case that he was somewhere else at the time the crime was committed.

An alibi clock was the name given to a striking clock that, because of an error in the setting of its mechanism, would show one hour on its clock face but chime a different hour.

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