Amusing Monday: ‘Quack,’ means it’s time to go

Just before Christmas, my wife Sue bought a wall clock with a face that appears to be a water-color print of a nice cottage in a meadow. There’s a stream in the foreground and trees in the background. Sue said she wanted to have a clock in the bathroom to keep her on time as she gets dressed and ready to leave the house.

Audubon singing bird clock / Click on image to visit and hear the birds

The day after she put up the clock, as I was getting out of the shower, the bathroom suddenly became immersed in the sound of singing birds. Sue had purchased a clock that somehow forced a large number of birds to sing on cue at the top of every hour.

I’ve gotten used to the clock, but I was wondering if people really enjoy time pieces that make animal noises. Judging by what I found on the Internet, I guess they do. The Audubon clock, at right, features the sounds of real birds, unlike the mixture of birds calls that come from out bathroom.

The folks at are serious about their bird clocks:

“Don’t be fooled by imitations. Our original bird clocks sing longer and sound like real birds… Most people buy our bird clocks because of the wonderful songs, but we would be remiss if we did not mention the attention to detail which went into the pictures. In consultation with experts every effort was made to accurately depict in true colors each of the twelve birds. Our insistence on getting the images and sounds ‘just right’ took the better part of a year.”

Other clocks are more amusing. I’ve posted some some of the ones I have found. Click on the little MP3 player to hear the sound, or click on the image for the website where you can order any of these clocks. You may find other websites featuring the same clocks but without the sound samples.

      1. Duck Talking Alarm Clock
      2. Frog Talking Alarm Clock

      3. National Geographic: Sea Lion
      4. National Geographic: Dolphin
      5. National Geographic: Polar Bear
      6. National Geographic: Chimpanzee

      7. Cow Talking Alarm Clock

      8. Owl Talking Alarm Clock

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