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Deep inside a medieval watchtower, Markus Marti presides over the passage of time.

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Marti has maintained the machine for nearly 40 years.

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canada goose store An oversized cuckoo clock? Maybe. But don underestimate its influence. The tower inspired a young patent clerk named Albert Einstein, and changed the way we think about the universe. canada goose store

View image of Zytglogge powers an canada goose outlet mississauga hourly performance with each strike of its bell (Credit: Credit: Douglas Pearson/Getty)

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Speaking with a quiet German accent, Marti patiently decoded the elaborate clockwork, which is about the size of a walk in closet. But it was hard to hear him over the machine steady tick and spinning gears.

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View image of The elaborate clockwork is about the size of a walk in closet (Credit: Credit: Blaine Harrington III/Getty)

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View image of Einstein wondered what would happen if a streetcar raced away at the speed of light (Credit: Credit: Prisma Bildagentur AG/Alamy)

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 »Sometimes when canada goose outlet ottawa I alone I think about time, he said. ‘Why does it move sometimes slowly, sometimes fast? our visit finished up, he inserted a cog and jammed a gear, showing how he can pause the movement for repairs or adjustments. The clockwork halted and tension rose in the suddenly silent room. From this perch and perspective, one could believe that time had stopped.

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Looking up canada goose outlet store near me at the clock, I searched for its gilded rooster, which ends each hourly performance by raising its wings and emitting a three note, bellows powered crow. For more than 500 years, Bern residents have been told to listen for it and heed its message: time is always marching on, so enjoy the next hour of your life.

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