Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Dr. SOB's cousin Hadley spent six months living in Taiwan. While there, she would frequently jaunt over to China, or as she called it 'shopper's paradise.' We saw her over the holiday and she gave us many lovely Chinese presents, including pearls and 'authentic' Gucci sunglasses. The coolest thing, though, was definitely this commie alarm clock featuring Mao Tse-Tung. Although you can't tell from the picture, some of the little people on the bottom wave their arms in synch with the second hand. Also in the great tradition of quality communist craftsmanship, the alarm hammer really only strikes one of the bells, so it has a goofy sounding ring. It has to be wound once a day in order to keep time accurately, and you can't really set the alarm for anything more precise than quarter-hour intervals. It's pretty much the best thing ever. Shooby-doo wop.

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