London's Olympics Clock Failed Hours After it Began the Big Count-Down

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Well now, this is embarrassing for Britain. They only just unveiled their 2012 Olympics countdown clock in the center of London's Trafalgar Square last night, but already it has stopped working.

What makes it extra galling is that the 6.5m tall clock's design was apparently inspired by the Greenwich Meridian line, which is the "home of time." The clock stopped running today, pausing it at 500 days, seven hours, six minutes and 56 seconds. At least Britain can pass off some of the blame—the clock is made by Omega, a Swiss company. [The Telegraph and Metro]

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I'm sorry, but that clock is hideous. Granted, the logo itself isn't exactly beautiful, but let's at least see some consistency... why not make the numbers on the clock itself in the same "Lisa blowing Bart" font as the logo itself? That would at least have been visually interesting. As it is, it looks like they just salvaged the scoreboard from some demolished high school gym and stuck it in some reclaimed sheet metal.

If the theme of the gamesis "reuse/reduce/recycle," then this clock would make sense (it'd still be ugly and boring, but it'd make sense). Otherwise, the London IOC got hosed by Omega in more ways than one.