Watch This Space
Farley H. Marley Jr was an inventor, with several patents to his name, though little in the way of either monetary gain or worldwide fame for all his efforts so far.
But that was surely about to change, courtesy of his latest stroke of genius.
You see, Farley had just invented the digital watch. Up until now, of course, all watches and clocks had been analog.
But Farley had combined various existing technologies, theories and concepts and had come up with one practical device.
He caught sight of himself in the hallway mirror and grinned at his reflection. His reflection grinned back at him.
Apart from his nose, he had a relatively unremarkable face.
Farley's nose was, by way of contrast, truly remarkable. It was a proboscis a person could be proud of - a veritable double-barrel snotgun of a nose.
He raised his left forearm to the horizontal position, rotated his wrist and nodded at his new invention.
It was still keeping perfect time, according to the grandfather clock next to the mirror. Although, unlike the clock, he didn't need to wind his watch. It ran off a tiny battery.
Yes, he thought, this little invention was going to make him ... what was the expression? ... independently wealthy? Yes, definitely that, at the very least, he mused as he put on his jacket, readying himself to go to the patent office.
He glanced at the watch again. The number of hours passed were divided from the number of minutes, which were further divided from the number of seconds, by colons which blinked every second on the second.
The display read "VIII:LIX:LVII", then "VIII:LIX:LVIII", then "VIII:LIX:LIX", then, just as the grandfather clock began to chime, "IX: : ", followed by "IX: :I".
The blank minutes section nagged at his subconscious, but unfortunately that's as far as it ever got.
In another dimension, not all that far away in time or space, Mr F. Harley-Marley II was glancing at his own digital watch, which read "09:00:02", then "09:00:03".
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