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Tyler Durden's Avatar Comment 1 by Tyler Durden

Oh, it's the world's largest clock!

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:00:05 UTC | #498960

bluebird's Avatar Comment 2 by bluebird

Whoa Nelly, I misread that at first glance; um, what's the subject?

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:18:30 UTC | #498965

epeeist's Avatar Comment 3 by epeeist

will establish Mecca as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median.

Not going to happen.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:19:15 UTC | #498966

hungarianelephant's Avatar Comment 4 by hungarianelephant

Comment 3 by epeeist :

will establish Mecca as an alternate time standard to the Greenwich median. Not going to happen.

But that's because Mecca is already established as an alternate time standard. If it's noon in London, it's 0700 in New York, 0400 in Los Angeles and 790 in Mecca.

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:23:06 UTC | #498972

Enlightenme..'s Avatar Comment 5 by Enlightenme..

"Perhaps now they will realize it's time to join us in the Twenty-first Century."

By 21st C you mean 21st C Anno Domini Nostri Jesu Christi ("In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ")

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:30:08 UTC | #498977

heresay's Avatar Comment 6 by heresay

Not going to happen.

What are you trying to say Epeeist ? Surely the one with the biggest clock gets to set the time? No?

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:36:55 UTC | #498978

swilts's Avatar Comment 7 by swilts

Why does so much architecture from this part of the world be in such bad taste?

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:32:13 UTC | #498979

Mr Aardvark's Avatar Comment 8 by Mr Aardvark

You should see the size of the cuckoo that comes out...

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:44:34 UTC | #498984

Tyler Durden's Avatar Comment 9 by Tyler Durden

Comment 7 by swilts :

Why does so much architecture from this part of the world be in such bad taste?


Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:51:53 UTC | #498993

Tord M's Avatar Comment 10 by Tord M

Well, it certainly overshadows and outshines it's nearest neighbor, The Sacred Mosque and the Kaaba. So at least that might be a good thing. Some of the pilgrims might even notice the paradox and absurdity of it. Mecca is on it's way to become "Disney's magic kingdom of Allah" (to use Dan Dennett's optimistic phrase).

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:03:07 UTC | #499016

MarkOnTheRiver's Avatar Comment 11 by MarkOnTheRiver

From an article in the Daily Telegraph;

According to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric known around the Muslim world for his popular television show "Sharia and Life", Mecca has a greater claim to being the prime meridian because it is "in perfect alignment with the magnetic north."

This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.

"That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."

At last, reconciliation between the electro magnetic force and gravity. Islamic science, leading the world again.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:50:40 UTC | #499043

Tord M's Avatar Comment 12 by Tord M

I guess they'll have to move Mecca around then, as the magnetic north pole is moving by some 60 km every year.

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:03:26 UTC | #499049

root2squared's Avatar Comment 13 by root2squared

What time is it in Mecca when it's 5 AM in New York?

Time to chop off someone's head!

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:19:41 UTC | #499061

alaskansee's Avatar Comment 14 by alaskansee

Isn't this the same clock that is a copy of Big Ben? How will they make such a symbol of western democracy a focus for Islam? It's like the mini Eiffel Tower in Blackpool, it just reminds me that I'd like to be in beautiful Paris not fucking Blackpool.

Yes - same comments apply to Lost Vegas, but in a "are you joking" shaking head way.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:32:34 UTC | #499066

rsharvey's Avatar Comment 15 by rsharvey

Comment 4 by hungarianelephant :

But that's because Mecca is already established as an alternate time standard. If it's noon in London, it's 0700 in New York, 0400 in Los Angeles and 790 in Mecca.


Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:52:22 UTC | #499073

Tord M's Avatar Comment 16 by Tord M


It's not only the Big Ben they are trying to beat, it's also the magnificent Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North-Korea.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:36:54 UTC | #499094

Prankster's Avatar Comment 17 by Prankster


At the first stroke the time sponsored by Mad mullah Media...will be

1457 AD precisely


Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:13:10 UTC | #499134

Tord M's Avatar Comment 18 by Tord M

I'm afraid you have to go to Hell now, Prankster. It's not the year 1457 AD (Anno Domini - The birth of Christ) but the year 1457 AH (Anno Hegirae - The year of Muhammed's flight to Medina). Such a grave misconception just cannot go unpunished.

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:45:57 UTC | #499154

Rob Schneider's Avatar Comment 19 by Rob Schneider

I'm disappointed that the long-standing "World's largest four-faced clock" on the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower in Milwaukee will be deposed! (Yes, the faces are bigger than those on Big Ben.)

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:23:21 UTC | #499172

Prankster's Avatar Comment 20 by Prankster

Comment 18 @ Tord M

Amazing....I only guessed the year as well?

As for going to hell, I work in local government so I have a bit of a head start there I'm afraid!

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:35:32 UTC | #499179

njwong's Avatar Comment 21 by njwong

An article about Mecca Time was featured in RD.NET back in 2008.

Anyway, one of the Muslim "scholars" proposed that Greenwich Mean Time should be abolished and replaced with Mecca Time because Mecca is the "true" centre of the world. You can watch his crazy explanation in this YouTube video:

So what is the difference between setting the reference point in Greenwich and in Mecca? Well, for one, anyone can visit Greenwich - whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, freethinker etc. Greenwich is open to one and all. However, Mecca is completely out-of-bounds to anyone who is not a Muslim. That is, 80% of the world's population are not allowed in Mecca simply because they do not follow Islam.

These people are plain deluded in thinking they can ask the world to make one of the most restricted places on Earth to be a global reference point for everyone.

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Besides the proposal of Mecca Time, the 2008 BBC article also mentioned the introduction of a Mecca Watch, that runs in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction - ie. the direction that Muslims follow when they make their ritual circumambulations around the Kabaa.

I wonder if the big Mecca Clock runs in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction? According to Mordacious1's link, the "developer of the massive seven-tower Abraj al-Bait complex had kept the details of the clock a secret..." Perhaps it's counter-clockwise movement is why the clock details is being kept under wraps :-)

Anyway, it appears that you can actually buy backwards running clocks...

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:40:44 UTC | #499182

Tord M's Avatar Comment 22 by Tord M

Actually the year you guessed was wrong too, Prankster. It's actually 1431 AH this year and not 1457 . But that's just a minor and negligible felony (who cares what year it is, when we're still living in the middle ages?) in comparison to getting the Deities wrong!

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:58:58 UTC | #499186

bluebird's Avatar Comment 23 by bluebird

In the name of Thor, I demand the return of the sundial!

four story astronomical observatory

Sounds intriguing.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:55:04 UTC | #499200

Tord M's Avatar Comment 24 by Tord M

Yes, that's true, bluebird. Apart from the 3,000 hotel rooms, gigantic prayer and conference halls, and a five-story shopping center, there's also going to be a four-story astrological observatory.

Updated: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:24:05 UTC | #499205

atkinson's Avatar Comment 25 by atkinson

Tee hee. My clock's bigger than your clock; I get to specify the time.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:00:29 UTC | #499218

Rich Wiltshir's Avatar Comment 26 by Rich Wiltshir

Perhaps they could go back in time and realise it's a sodding meteorite that they're dancing around???

& at bluebird I'm reminded of this little ditty "Thor, the thunder god rode out Upon his favourite Filly 'I'm Thor' he cried. His horse replied; 'You forgot your thaddle, thilly'"

Oh well, I tried... sorry about that.

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:00:41 UTC | #499219

Tord M's Avatar Comment 27 by Tord M

You are violating my honor, Rich Wiltshir! I'm named after Thor, and identify with Him completely! (really)

Updated: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:04:09 UTC | #499232

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 28 by ZenDruid

...And the Valkyrie said, "You're Thor?! I'm tho thor I can't pith!"

Next, we will have lunar months or something.

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 04:49:24 UTC | #499306

sandman67's Avatar Comment 29 by sandman67

I wonder if it runs backwards like their filthy faith.

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:24:23 UTC | #499353

Prithvi's Avatar Comment 30 by Prithvi

One of the few reasons why I despise living in the 21st century is that you have to adhere to strict political correctness in the name of civility and human rights. After reading this, I'm starting to feel that calling religion a delusion is a gross understatement. It's fucking cancer. Claiming Mecca as the centre of the universe just because it's the cornerstone of a religion that isn't even the most widely believed religion in the world..................

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:30:19 UTC | #499357