Uncanny Factoid: Poppins Clock (3 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       29 Mar 2011       3403       4

If you are a Mary Poppins fan then you appreciate the use of a good umbrella no matter what the weather.

 

This parasol is a clock as well as a functioning umbrella. When you pop it open you can see what time it is. This of course means that you have to take the umbrella with you everywhere you go.

How does this clock slash umbrella work? It has a compass on the handle so that you can find the north. Finding the North is important when using this umbrella to tell time. When you face the north and open up the umbrella it will tell you an approximate time. It like having a sundial with you at all times.

Learn Something Fun: Although any object whose shadow is used to determine time is called a gnomon, the term is usually applied to a style, pin, metal plate, or other shadow-casting object that is an integral part of a sundial. Forerunners of the sundial include poles or upright stones used as gnomons; pyramids and obelisks were so used in Egypt.



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iziwhaat 9 year s ago
sooo useless!! not even gonna bother
       
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GOODSTUFF4U 9 year s ago
the inverse is true - if you know the time, you can find north - a stick in the dirt will work
       
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lolzz 9 year s ago
I have a watch, a phone and an Ipad.. 3 times the time!
       
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BullFrog 9 year s ago
Yeah ppl usually use the umbrella in the sunny weather....
       
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