Infallibly Polite Alarm Clock Wakes You Up With The Wit Of Stephen Fry

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I currently employ a Squeezebox Boom to gently wake me up with classical music—but I feel that the subtle wit of Stephen Fry might better prepare me for my day.

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This is the alarm clock that faithfully reproduces the subtle wit employed by P. G. Wodehouse's most famous character—the valet Reginald Jeeves—as he politely affirms the beginning of the day. The clock plays 126 different wake-up messages in the reserved voice of Stephen Fry, the original actor from the English comedy Jeeves and Wooster. When the alarm sounds, Jeeves speaks softly as he assuages your displeasure that the morning has indeed come: "Excuse me sir, I'm so sorry to disturb you, but it appears to be morning... Very inconvenient, I agree... I believe it is the rotation of the Earth that is to blame, sir," or asks "Shall I inform the news agencies that you are about to rise, sir? If you are not roused sufficiently, a series of beeps will ensue; a press of the clock's rosette cancels the beeps, prompting Jeeves to interject "Sir has a firm touch, but fair," as one of ten possible snooze replies."

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The clock will run you $70—but it might actually be worth it. That is unless you would prefer something cheap and tawdry. [ThinkGeek via Slashgear via BBG]

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Somewhere back in time, my deep aversion to horrible, rank, screech-inducing alarm clocks grew so strong that, somehow, over the years, my body developed its own remarkably accurate internal clock with alarm. While I still will set a real alarm—just to play safe—I would estimate that 95-98% of the time I will naturally wake up (rested and pleasant) 5-10 minutes before the accursed alarm can go off.

My internal clock is good enough that, even when I wake in the middle of the night (bathroom, whatever) I know without looking at a clock what time it is within 5 minutes. Sadly, despite this marvelous, internal bio-chrono-mechanism, I still am typically late for all appointments—but I always know, without a watch, exactly how late I am.