The clock in the tower in London that holds the renowned Big Ben bell fell down on its job today, running a whopping 20 minutes behind. It's known for being spot-on — even during WWII the clock remained within a second and a half of accuracy, according to Simon McCoy of BBC News. So some Brits were taken aback by this anomaly. Of course the fact that the tower (renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012) is currently undergoing major renovation may have a little something to do with it.
The BBC News explains how the troubled timepiece was brought to their attention:
There were some attempts at humor:
But Twitter was largely unconcerned:
Oh no, what will Londoners do?— Martin Walker (@MartinWalker666) February 5, 2018
If only they had little alternative clocks on their wrists or some handheld device... No, wait...
The UK has much more pressing issues to contend with right now:
can report on the clock that is under repair being wrong but wont talk about all the marches because of how bad the tories have screwed up the nhs— Navarone Page (@NavaronePage) February 5, 2018
Who cares? Why not report something important like 60,000 people marching to protest the deliberate underfunding of the NHS? Or won't your tory masters allow you too?— Michael Skeel (@Mskeel52) February 5, 2018
News? Really? What about the 60 thousand marching for the NHS at the weekend?— Liz (@LizAllen16) February 5, 2018
It's uncertain when the clock will be fixed, so for now Londoners will just have to...