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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

GIF Credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR

The elephant clock, as depicted by Badi'al-Zaman Abū al-‘Izz ibn Ismā'īl ibn al-Razāz al-Jazarī from his manuscript The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1206. On the construction of the clock, Al-Jazari remarked that “the elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the two dragons represents Chinese culture, the phoenix represents Persian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic culture”.

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