Move over circular clocks, these dynamic designs are whimsical, extravagant, and lively. 

Both of these clocks are pendules d’alcove, made for hanging in the alcove above a bed.

Mechanisms inside chimed the nearest hour and quarter hour when a string was pulled, which allowed for sound sleeping and eliminated the need to light a candle to read the dial.

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We’ve long known about the master clock in our brains that helps us maintain a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.

But in recent years, scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.

"Yes, there are clocks in all the cells of your body," explains Fred Turek, a circadian scientist at Northwestern University. “It was a discovery that surprised many of us.”

We humans are time-keeping machines. And it seems we need regular sleeping and eating schedules to keep all of our clocks in sync.

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

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Clap-On Clock Block

This unassuming block of wood displays the current time when you clap or touch it! It’s clever that way. Clever, clever clock…

The time, date and temperature rotate on the display every 10 to 15 seconds. The time can be locked into place if you wish.

You have the option of running the clock off of 3 AAA batteries if you don’t want the USB cable showing.

Built-in Li-Ion battery makes sure the time and settings doesn’t reset in the event of a power failure.

Great gift idea if you ever wanted a reason to Clock Block a friend while giving the Clap to show how it works