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Is it true that turning a clock backwards is "bad for the clock"?
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Oct 29, 2006, 01:25 PM
 
Ok I am sure we have all heard turning back the arm on an analog clock is "bad for it", it was even mentioned on the Simpsons

True of false?

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Oct 29, 2006, 01:30 PM
 
I always heard the opposite. That forward was bad for them.
     
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Oct 29, 2006, 01:53 PM
 
I had a cuckoo clock once that would lose track of the number of times it was supposed to cuckoo if you turned the clock backwards. Come to think of it, it had problems when you moved it forwards too and didn't let it cuckoo appropriately for each hour it was advanced! :-)

Other clocks seem to work fine, especially the digital ones... (Duh!)
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Oct 29, 2006, 03:21 PM
 
Old pendulum clocks are only supposed to go forward. Modern quartz clocks can go any direction.
     
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Oct 29, 2006, 07:22 PM
 
Bavarian clocks always go backwards...





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Oct 29, 2006, 07:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by Severed Hand of Skywalker View Post
True of false?
False. But it does hurt your hands...
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Oct 29, 2006, 10:11 PM
 
You just have to watch out for the subliminal messages

(turn me backwards dead man, turn me backwards dead man)
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Oct 29, 2006, 10:15 PM
 
Clocks are overrated.
     
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Oct 30, 2006, 07:53 AM
 
It depends on the clock. Read the instructions on how to change the time without damaging it.

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Oct 30, 2006, 08:43 AM
 
It's true for some mechanical clocks. If you have an instruction manual it's best to consult that. If not, then you may need to consult a clock maker. Of course, you could also just turn the hands forward to be on the safe side.
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Oct 30, 2006, 09:15 AM
 
Most modern clocks without bells, whistles, chimes, cucoos, etc. don't care at all whether you move the hands in either direction. But as Millennium points out, having the instruction manual for a fancy clock is kind of important; changing the time setting incorrectly could screw up the mechanism that operates the bells, whistles, etc.

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Oct 30, 2006, 09:35 AM
 
Don't turn your clock forward or back - turn it sideways!
     
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Oct 30, 2006, 10:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by jckalen View Post
You just have to watch out for the subliminal messages

(turn me backwards dead man, turn me backwards dead man)
eh?

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Oct 30, 2006, 11:16 AM
 
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Oct 30, 2006, 01:32 PM
 
Sure.
     
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Oct 31, 2006, 10:36 AM
 
Don't Mess with the space time continuum!

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