The other day Granny, Paul and I were talking about a clock she used to have that a man down the road made for her. Our conversation got me to thinking about clocks and how they’ve changed since I was a kid.
I’ve read that watch sales are way down because everyone has a cell phone to check the time of day with.
I know more than a few kids who never learned to tell time by a clock with hands, because they’ve never needed too.
Back in the day, there was much folklore about clocks. One can see why: clocks tick off the seconds, minutes, and hours of our lives. Reminds me of those old movies where a clock face is shown with the hands going round and round, faster and faster, to symbolize the passing of time or the reverting of time.
- A clock will stop at the hour it’s owner dies (click here for my favorite story and song about this one)
- When someone dies all the clocks in the home must be stopped to prevent another death from happening
- If a clock stops at midnight someone will soon die
- If a clock stops and you cannot get it to run someone in your family will die
Lots of death uh?
Then there’s the folklore that mentions a certain time of day, usually midnight:
- If the cows are lowing at midnight a death is near
- If you have clothes on the line on New Year’s Eve they can blow death into the house
- If a rooster crows at midnight a death is near
- If you kill a rabbit at midnight in a graveyard you can carry it’s foot for good luck
- At midnight on Old Christmas Eve all the barnyard animals kneel down
- Water turns to blood at midnight on Old Christmas Eve
- A rooster crowing at midnight means bad weather is coming
Again a lot of death!
If you’ve got more clock folklore please leave a comment and share.