Now this is intriguing to me.
The Skeptic Family blog posted this article this week about people who can stop wrist watches.
Growing up, my Dad was one of those people. He had a box of watches that would not run anymore in his bedroom. In my memory's eye there were a half dozen watches in that box.
Unlike the situation in the Skeptic Family post, Dad's issue was with mechanical watches.
I recall sitting on his bedd with those watches and trying to wind them and get them to work. They wouldn't even wind! Okay, so 35 years later I'm thinking - those watches probably didn't work because they were - ta-dah! - overwound.
Dad eventually solved the problem when the earliest digital watches became available. I remember being very excited that he was getting a digital watch for whatever occasion it was - his birthday, Christmas, Father's Day. He has never looked back. In fact I think his current watch is a battery driven standard analog watch.
But wait! There's more! It turns out that the ability to stop watches was inheritable.
I used to stop watches just by wearing them too.
As a child I don't know how many crappy watches I went through. Lots. You know the kind. Made mostly of cheap plastic, couldn't keep accurate time for more than 12 hours running. It's no wonder thos watches quit working. They were all but designed to!
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