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Big Ben is NOT a Clock!

Published September 19, 2010 - 4 Comments

Am I the only person who knows that London’s Big Ben is not a clock?  Oh sure, people automatically think of the large clock tower when they think of Big Ben… it’s natural.  Even I do that.  But then I rationalize it with the cold hard fact that Big Ben is not the clock.  It’s only a part of the building. More specifically…

Big Ben is the BELL.

Don’t believe me?  Read Big Ben’s Wikipedia entry here.

This lack of obscure knowledge became painfully apparent to me after gently correcting my daughter… I thought that it would be good for her to know the truth about Big Ben.  Let Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy remain a part of her youthful innocence, but dash Big Ben right away!  But as I was recounting that story to someone else, I was horrified to learn that even adults were blissfully unaware of the true identity of Big Ben!  And not simply one adult!  Oh no!  This was not an isolated case!  A quick informal poll proved it all… Big Ben misinformation was rampant!  In fact, I was starting to question whether or not *I* was correct… Surely not all of these seemingly intelligent people could have fallen prey to the Big Ben clock conspiracy.  Maybe it was me?  Maybe I was wrong!  There was only one thing to do… turn to the internet… the lone bastion of truth remaining in this universe.

Modern Big Ben (wikipedia)

“Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London

*phew*

I was right.  They were wrong.  All is well again.

And here he is… in all his chiming glory… I offer you… Big Ben!