r/Damnthatsinteresting May 04 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 4 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Today I Learned 1 Big Brain Time 1

Before alarm clocks existed, people used nails fixed onto candles to wake up. they knew hoe to calculate the burning time and put the nail at right position. as the candle melted, nail fell, made a noise and woke its owner. Image

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u/Rabieshark May 04 '22

Back when you could also hear a pin drop

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u/HMS404 May 04 '22 edited May 04 '22

A pin drop on a solid floor from 1 meter is about 15dB. 'Twas a quite quiet period.

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u/The-Real-Rorschakk May 04 '22

*quiet

I'm sorry...

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u/HMS404 May 04 '22

I hate myself for that cock up.

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u/The-Real-Rorschakk May 04 '22

We all make mistakes in the heat of passion, Jimbo.

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u/UnicornHorn1987 May 04 '22

Before Alarm Clocks, There Were “Knocker Uppers” to Wake up the People of Industrial Britain. And for anyone who asked for who wake up the knocker uppers. Here is the answer. Haha.

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u/Lique-Mahbawls May 04 '22

So who wakes them up though?

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u/uptoke May 04 '22

Knocker-upper-uppers.

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u/UnicornHorn1987 May 04 '22

They may used the above method of nails and candles. Haha

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u/Spongebobobtusepants May 04 '22

You should probably hate yourself for your clock up.... I'll get my coat.

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u/GapAdministrative787 May 04 '22

Well it dropped onto the metal plate

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u/thedanbearpig May 04 '22

The pin used to drop on the cat which went beserk

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u/bunty66 May 04 '22 Gold

I like the snooze buttons they’ve put in!

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u/Rey_Mezcalero May 04 '22

Ah man sorry I am late, I slept through 3 nails dropping

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u/zxcoblex May 04 '22

Could you imagine waking up to a nail drop and counting the remaining nails to see how much longer you can go back to sleep?

Still got 2 nails left. I can go back to sleep.

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u/possum_drugs May 04 '22 Wholesome

Tfw when you set your nails and it's only a quarter inch of wax

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u/paintballboi07 May 04 '22 Silver

But tfw you wake up and still have several inches of candle left 😎

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u/TheHotCake May 04 '22

God such a great feeling

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u/Horskr May 05 '22

Except when you can't fall back to sleep. At least we have entertainment now, I'd have just tossed and turned, "Must fall back asleep... oh cool another nail dropped."

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u/The_Great_Scruff May 04 '22

My wife has similar complaints

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u/queencityrangers May 04 '22

I’d definitely lose track of how many I set vs dropped and find out the hard way I slept in late

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u/zxcoblex May 04 '22

Nah, its based on how many are left.

Then you have like 10 nails right next to each other as the absolute last minute you can wake up and barely get to work on time.

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u/Human-Carpet-6905 May 04 '22

Tfw a light breeze breaks your alarm clock.

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u/SlimyGamer May 04 '22

Tfw your alarm clock falls over and burns down your house.

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u/soda-Tab May 04 '22

Good, now I can sleep forever.

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u/arsh89 May 04 '22

Those other nails were scheduled alarms

Snooze would be when you wake up, pick up the fallen nail, and stick it back into the candle a little lower than the melt line

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u/djkevinha90 May 04 '22

This guy snoozes

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u/10art1 May 04 '22

Do you ever just wake up in a panic, then realize you still have 2 whole inches of sleep left?

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u/Lady_Justice_B0ner May 04 '22

Ugh all the time

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u/AnInsaneMoose May 04 '22

How did we go from waking up to a nail dropping, to sleeping through multiple alarms?

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u/micahamey May 04 '22

People used to go to sleep at regular intervals.

Imagine going to sleep every day 90 minutes after the sun goes down. Then waking up At dawn. Every day. For decades. You body is gonna get used to that rhythm.

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u/ThunderHoggz May 04 '22

Also there was pretty much no noise. They didn't have AC, heaters, fans, tv playing etc so a nail would pretty much be the only sound

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u/cptsanderzz May 04 '22 Silver

That and the burning of witches next door

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u/Difficult-Echidna-32 May 04 '22

Cause they're made of wood?

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u/PurfuitOfHappineff May 04 '22 Silver

Who are you who are so wise in the ways of science?

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u/TheBurnedMutt45 May 04 '22

I am Arthur, King of the Britons

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u/PurfuitOfHappineff May 04 '22

I didn’t vote for you.

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u/Tribalflounder May 04 '22

You don't vote for a King!

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u/BelowAverage_Elitist May 04 '22

I thought we were an autonomous collective.

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u/blue-mooner May 04 '22

Well how did you become king then?

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u/fractalake May 04 '22

Hey now! Stop that!!

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u/Psyco_diver May 04 '22

Science?? That sounds like witchcraft, better burn that person also just to be sure

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u/Badassganu May 04 '22

You sound like someone who have dabbled in witchcraft

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u/stevengoodie May 04 '22

They turned me into a newt!

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u/DeEfDubChris May 04 '22

I got bettah.

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u/wongo May 04 '22

Very small rocks

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u/maybelle180 May 04 '22

Wood floats… so it’s lighter than a duck. So…if she weighs less than a duck….

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u/TheGreatDownvotar May 04 '22

The witches or the doors?

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u/btoxic May 04 '22

The bridges

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u/aztech101 May 04 '22

I think the constant low humming in my apartment is honestly starting to drive me insane.

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u/smikkelson2 May 04 '22

NEWSFLASH ASSHOLE. I'VE BEEN HEARING IT THE ENTIRE GOD DAMN TIME

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u/poktanju May 04 '22

Then why wouldn't you say something?

Because I hate you!

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u/bhay105 May 04 '22

I've finally learned how to block out the buzzing hum my fridge makes. I actually notice it now when it shuts off and I just sit there for a few minutes enjoying the complete silence until it kicks on again.

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u/LaffyStaphy May 04 '22

I always have a fan on. It helps so much

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u/choosehigh May 04 '22

I remember seeing a study how micro noises were literally destroying lives, things like low humming can cause legitimate damage through stress and sub audial sounds were posited and leading to earlier deaths

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u/ultimatt42 May 04 '22

Birds weren't even invented yet

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u/[deleted] May 04 '22 edited May 26 '22

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u/AldoTheApache3 May 04 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

“Why we say “To Hear A Pin Drop

When the first tea rooms opened up in England in the 1700s buyers would attend the tea auctions and the would only be a certain amount of time available to place your bid. In order to set a time limit a pin would be stuck into a candle and then the candle would be allowed to burn down. Buyers could place bids until the level of the candle reached as far down as the pin, at which stage the pin would fall out. If there were no more bids at this stage the room would be silent and you would be able to hear a pin drop. Hence this English idiom was born!”

This was the only thing I could find after a quick search. You’re version makes sense too.

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u/CanAlwaysBeBetter May 04 '22

True or bullshit folk etymology people keep repeating because it sounds true enough?

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u/TAU_equals_2PI May 04 '22

I kinda doubt that. Nature makes lots of noise. And even in cities, there are birds and other people making all sorts of noise.

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u/Good_nuff May 04 '22

My mom lives in a hand made 1920’s log cabin.

Those logs are almost 2 feet in diameter.

I cannot communicate to you how utterly silent it is in there when the power goes out, and she lives 100 yards off a busy road. You can only hear the 18 wheelers go by, not cars, and even then it isn’t loud

I have no doubt a nail dropping on to metal was extremely noticeable prior to cars being a regular thing.

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u/the_hucumber May 04 '22

I used to live in a house made in 1490 and I have the exact opposite experience. The house was built with giant slabs of sandstone with an oak timber frame.

Swifts used to nest in the eves and you could hear them every time they moved. You could also hear the chicks chirping for food whenever a parent came to the nest.

Our garden was also the boarder between two fox territories so we'd have them fighting most nights.

The blackbirds would be awake and singing from 4am in the summer. And the autumn soundtrack was deer rutting.

Certainly winter is quieter than summer, but there are plenty of noises to be heard.

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u/getthetime May 04 '22

I live in an Anasazi cliff dwelling built in 1152 and the only sounds I ever really hear are from the scratching of red squirrels scurrying outside, National Park visitors on tours, and the voices in my head that scream over and over.... Why do they come to me to die? Why do they come to me to die?

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u/Atomesk May 04 '22

I live in a cave in northern France made in the year 287,495 BC and the only sounds I ever really hear are the saber tooth tigers and the occasional wooly mammoth scurrying outside.

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u/NCEMTP May 04 '22

All you fuckers with legs, breathing air, acting all high and mighty.

I am a Eurypterid living in a hole I dug myself in what I guess you'd call roughly the year 490,000,000BC and let me tell you what -- nobody's ever gonna have it as good as I do. Complete peace and quiet. The noisy kids are all scuttling up to the surface. I don't get it, there's nothing even up there to look at! They're never going to amount to anything.

I'll enjoy the peace and quiet of my hole, thank you very much.

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u/AncientInsults May 04 '22

Big Bang, futon, loud

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u/be_an_adult Interested May 04 '22

My tinnitus would hate that cabin, the silence would be deafeningly loud

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u/Good_nuff May 04 '22

It’s like a normal house usually. Hum of appliances, wood burner in the winter, a/c in the summer, tv on. It’s only when the power goes out that you notice how quiet it gets

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u/BlackSheep311111 May 04 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

Birds dont make noise at night, there is hardly anybody walking in the night because it is pitchbklack and nothing to do. Maybe some cats and thats it. Source: grew up in Ukraine and have a small isolated house in the mountains of switzerland.

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u/MoistVirginia May 04 '22

I live in Ohio and there are birds that start making noise about 2-3 hours before the sun rises. Gives me anxiety on nights when I'm in bed and can't sleep.

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u/UnclePuma May 04 '22

Lol same over here in Jersey. After 4am a few of the local birds start singing and im like oh lawd here comes the sun do do do do. Here comes the sun and im like

Well shit I guess I aint gonna be sleeping tonight

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u/MoistVirginia May 04 '22 LOVE!

Fuckin birds. Go to sleep you feathered little bitches.

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u/paperconservation101 May 04 '22

Birds in my country go all night in breeding season. Horny fuckers looking for lady birds.

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u/Kathykat5959 May 04 '22

Mockingbirds sing their heart out at night. Owls hoot. Birds start before dawn. At least in the US.

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u/FruitFlavor12 May 04 '22 edited May 04 '22

No roosters? No obnoxious carnival barker outside? No washer woman pouring chamberpots out next to your window? No loud tumbrel rolling across cobblestones en route to the gallows? No screaming village idiot? No babies crying? No herald announcing the joust with trumpets playing?

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u/Nice-Violinist-6395 May 04 '22

I’m assuming if you lived in a place with roosters everywhere, the roosters wake you up

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u/Lake_Erie_Monster May 04 '22

This is spot on. I wake up and have done for 15+ years at the same time during the week days. At 6 am, often a few minutes before my alarm so I can workout and get to work by 8 am. My wife some how can't understand why I can't sleep in on the weekends or sleep more because its raining outside.... Like... Sorry, I can't help it my body just switches on at the same time every day and I don't have a way to program it to not do that on weekends.

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u/trogon May 04 '22

Yeah, the sleeping late thing on weekends is so odd to me. I set an alarm maybe twice a year if I have to get up super early (3 or so), but I'm naturally up every day.

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u/Usermena May 04 '22

They used to wake up at regular intervals in the night as well. Before a power grid waking life was on a 24hr schedule. Things had to be tended to all night.

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u/Guy_Number_3 May 04 '22

This is also when a lot of procreation happened. When living in small quarters this was often the only time parents had to get it on.

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u/WisestAirBender May 04 '22

Can't imagine how quiet they had to be though. People waking up by a literally nail drop

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u/Rustyroor May 04 '22

Could you imagine "Quit moaning, I can't hear my alarm"

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u/kittenstixx May 04 '22

That's where all those wives tales of moaning entities that want to steal away children that aren't sleeping like good little girls and boys came from.

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u/Guy_Number_3 May 04 '22

Haha true. Little kids probably slept harder though. If they are anything like kids today.

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u/LudovicoSpecs May 04 '22

Gotta put more wood in the iron stove or you'll freeze in your sleep.

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u/blarghable May 04 '22

I don't think people in Norway slept for 18 hours every day during the winter.

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u/NotElizaHenry May 04 '22

That’s what I would do if I lived in Norway before the invention of central heating.

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u/Contundo May 04 '22

In the summer we don’t sleep.

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u/pinthetestonthe May 04 '22

This hypothesis falls apart quickly once you realize that sun up and sun down change dramatically throughout the year

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u/s00pafly May 04 '22

Not if you live at 0°N 😎

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u/Brave-Cranberry569 May 04 '22

Then why do they need an alaram?

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u/thesirblondie May 04 '22

Because it's BS. In the Stockholm area in April the sun rises at 6am and sets around 7pm. In July it's 4am and 10pm. In december it's 8am and 3pm. And Stockholm is in the southern half of Sweden.

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u/The_Mdk May 04 '22

Well, whoever owns the candle in the photo DID set up multiple alarms just in case the first one didn't work

Or maybe that's just how snooze worked back in the days

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u/biggerwanker May 04 '22

The big snooze was when you hit the flame out with your hand.

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u/greycubed May 04 '22

Go camping and you'll understand. We deal with a ton of white noise now like traffic and electrical things running that we didn't before.

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u/Lildyo May 04 '22

I usually go to camp sites that are more isolated, but I get your point. I still think even in those areas there’s lots of ambient background noise coming from insects and certain nocturnal animals too

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u/fistkick18 May 04 '22

Yeah crickets and similar insects are loud as fuck when you're camping. Idk what these people are talking about.

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u/[deleted] May 04 '22

I live in a clearing in the middle of a mature forest like a half mile from a road.

The birds are very chatty all day. The crickets at night are somehow much louder. They occasionally get drowned out by simple things like the wind buffeting the house and shaking the trees.

I don't really hear people out here. It's not quiet though.

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u/18bananas May 04 '22

This is climate dependent. Camping anywhere in the humid east will have lots of insects. In the dry west it’s very different. I do tons of backpacking in Colorado and let me tell you it can be eerily silent at night.

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u/mloos93 May 04 '22

Well, I think that's the point. Crickets are just as loud in the city, but they are drowned out by other noises. When it's so quiet the crickets are loud, every day, your alarm becomes a blaring siren.

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u/Potato_Soup_ May 04 '22

I don’t know I feel like the crickets are just really fucking loud

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u/Ray1987 May 04 '22

Remember the majority of humanity has only recently transitioned away from us all being farmers. Probably the incentive of if you didn't get up when you heard that nail smack the cup all your crops were going to die and your family was going to starve to death was probably a pretty good motivator.

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u/lonesharkex May 04 '22

Crop farming isn't that hard in grow season. Plants just grow you just wait. Animals though, they like a schedule. Cows gotta be milked eggs gotta be gathered. Busiest part is the animals.

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u/_ToyStory2WasOk_ May 04 '22

And as Clarkson taught us, the least profitable!

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u/get_lost_fking_creep May 04 '22

I mean I also see multiple nails.

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u/Result-Unlikely May 04 '22

False sense of security?

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u/ImpossibleCanadian May 04 '22

They used to sell candles by time (like a four or 8 hour candle). That said candles were pretty expensive, few burned longer than 8 hours, housefires were common and candles often blamed, and many people woke up at daybreak anyway so I'd guess these were more often used for timing other things rather than walking up in the morning.(If you want a lot of fun facts about sleep & light I can recommend Roger Ekirch's book At Day's Close).

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u/MyFingerYourBum May 04 '22 Bravo Grande!

I imagine cocks were pretty good at waking people up back in the day too, given you were close enough to one.

And no, I'm not changing it to rooster. I like it as it is.

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u/leftisttoebean May 04 '22

Roosters crow at all hours of the day and not consistently at dawn. I lived in rural Panama and barking dogs were more likely to wake you up in the morning.

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u/GiantPurplePeopleEat May 04 '22 edited May 04 '22

Living in Puerto Rico was rough on my sleep with all the chickens and wild dogs (satos) running around. But the one thing that I could never get used to, and would warn visitors about, are the dang speaker trucks.

Picture a regular sized pickup truck with 4 stadium speakers in the bed, all the size of refrigerators, and powered by a diesel generator, blasting commercials about local politicians, at bone shaking volumes. They would drive about 2mph up and down the neighborhoods starting at sunrise. You could hear them coming from blocks away. When they finally drive by your house, it’s insane how loud it is. Window shaking, teeth rattling, 100-120dB sound blasting mayhem. It’s insane and if you’ve never experienced it, it’s hard to imagine just how loud it is.

Edit: comment if your country does this as well. I thought PR was the only place crazy enough to think speaker trucks are ok!

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u/leftisttoebean May 04 '22

Lol, you're totally right. In my town in Panama, the speaker trucks blasted things like "ACERCATE, ACERCATE, HAY SANDIA SANDIA"

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u/GiantPurplePeopleEat May 04 '22

Lol, would they actually have any watermelon? The speaker trucks in PR only dispensed loudness, unfortunately. I might hate them less if they had fresh fruit!

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u/leftisttoebean May 04 '22

They did! And other fresh fruit at different times of the year. Only during election season would you hear the political campaign speaker trucks blaring.

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u/RavioliGale May 04 '22

They had something similar in Japan but they had the decency to wait until 8 or 9am I think, not fucking sunrise. Loud enough to be annoying but didn't rattle my teeth.

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u/poktanju May 04 '22

Unfortunately, many of them broadcast racism. Not to say the ones in Puerto Rico don't, but it's probably less likely.

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u/RavioliGale May 04 '22

That's unfortunate. Didn't know enough Japanese to know what they were saying.

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u/Xsythe May 04 '22

a regular sized pickup truck with 4 stadium speakers in

, all the size of refrigerators, and powered by a diesel generator, blasting commercials about local politicians, at bone shaking volumes

WAIT A MINUTE. Japan isn't the only country that does this?

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u/MyFingerYourBum May 04 '22

Ah I see. Doggos it is then.

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u/elementmg May 04 '22

Alarm doggos. Dress em up in little outfits and give em the keys to your place. They'll swing by at dawn and give you morning kisses.

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u/GumdropGoober May 04 '22

People also just didn't regulate time as intensively as we do now. You didn't "start work at 8AM". You started in the morning, generally, or whenever the people around you did.

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u/Squeaky_Cheesecurd May 04 '22

Let’s go back to that. I already sit at my desk and fart around for an hour before I actually start working. Just let me show up when I feel like it, as long as I get shit done. Some days, the coffee hits just right and that’s 8am. Some days, it’s closer to 11.

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u/nick-jagger May 04 '22 Wholesome

According to pornhub cocks are the preferred way of waking people up throughout Eastern Europe

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u/Dry-Organization236 May 04 '22

This guys just waking everyone up with his cock in 2022

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u/kwonza May 04 '22

Also I recently saw a video that said modern self-trimming wicks were invented only in 1800’s and before that people had to cut them manually every now and then otherwise the flame got to big and the candle burned too quick.

This post seems like a bogus story, if you were rich enough to burn a candle through the night you were rich enough to have a servant that wakes you up at whatever time you want.

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u/Duochan_Maxwell May 04 '22

Plus this candle is too thin for a long burning candle. This looks like ye olde kitchen timer, not ye olde alarm clock

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u/kararkeinan May 04 '22

Yeah, the only sources I have found for a nail candle have all been blogs quoting each other. Candle clocks were a very real thing beginning 1500 years ago but I haven’t found a reputable source for actual nails in a candle. I just don’t see everyday people burning candles overnight considering how expensive candles were. Most people just paid someone else to tap on their window in the morning if they absolutely had to be up at a certain time. Daybreak was the natural alarm clock for the most part, though,

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u/uptoke May 04 '22

There was a job called a knocker-upper that people hired in the 19th and 20th century. They were only needed because it was the industrial age when people needed to wake up before dawn.

Before that people basically went to bed right after sunset. Woke up around 1am and prayed and had sex then went back to bed around 3am for "second sleep". I agree this is some BS.

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u/FreebasingStardewV May 04 '22

There's an alarm clock that would strike a match and light a candle as part of the wake up. They're rare and collectible because the match strike mechanism would often just hurl a lit match across the room. Production was canceled due to all the fires it caused.

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u/MovieNightPopcorn May 04 '22

Was just about to say, this makes no sense for an alarm clock for the morning. It would have been wasteful and dangerous to just let a candle burn for no reason.

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u/Andyemby May 04 '22

Housefires from candles are still pretty common.

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u/morrmon May 04 '22

I’m gonna be honest, I probably wouldn’t wake up until the room was on fire.

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u/andysaurus_rex May 04 '22

Wait it's a gif now?

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u/ToyStoryRex97 May 04 '22

Always has been 👩‍🚀🔫

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u/The_Quackening May 04 '22

Adult swim animated it a while ago.

heres the video

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u/DaBrownBoi May 04 '22

this happened to my friend lol, the hostel room across us caught fire and we had to evacuate the building, my friend wouldn't wake up no matter what, i literally had to jump on that mf and show him the smoke seeping in to wake him up.

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u/shitredditsays01 May 04 '22

Thank you for saving me 🥰

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u/Zero_Digital May 04 '22

I prefer the Knocker Uppers that would knock on your window with a big stick to wake you up.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35840393

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u/2020isbae May 04 '22

Imagine oversleeping when you’re a knocker upper lol “my bad you’re all late for work guys”

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u/Zero_Digital May 04 '22

They originally knocked on the door but that was said to scare the kids. Pretty sure someone tapping on my glass would freak me out more.

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u/ajcpullcom May 04 '22

I’ve got one of those, except instead of a candle it’s my bladder and I can’t seem to calculate the time later than 4:15 AM

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u/sekazi May 04 '22

It may sound strange but a CPAP solved this for me. I used to wake up like clock work at night and after the CPAP no more.

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u/Fritten123 May 04 '22

Whats a CPAP

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u/zxcoblex May 04 '22

Constant positive air pressure.

It keeps the soft tissues from collapsing in your throat and causing you to stop breathing.

For those of us who have them, you get very little actual sleep without one because your oxygen levels drop from not breathing until you wake up.

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u/futrtek May 04 '22

Continuous positive airway pressure

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u/The_Quackening May 04 '22

Before i got a CPAP, i would sleep like 8-10 hours and still feel exhausted when i got up.

Now, i can sleep 6 hours and feel great.

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u/cwx149 May 04 '22

It's a positive pressure mask people use usually for sleep apnea

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u/AloTek May 04 '22

Well that makes more sense. I was reading the CRAP the whole time

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u/zxcoblex May 04 '22

Makes sense. You sleep deeper and heavier with a CPAP, so your bladder is less likely to wake you up.

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u/CjBurden May 04 '22

Bed keeps getting wet at night though, so strange.

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u/Katana_sized_banana May 04 '22

That's why you sleep in the litterbox.

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u/futrtek May 04 '22

Yeah the body does not wake up to go the bathroom. It takes an arousal from sleep for you to feel the need to go the bathroom unless it's an emergency.

If you are dreaming about going the bathroom you might relax enough to pee the bed but REM is an active state.

I'm a polysomnographic technologist. I've had patients cry after a good night's sleep over the reduction to the amount of times they wake up to go the bathroom.

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u/Spartanias117 May 04 '22

Im not the only one! It doesnt matter when i go to bed or when i stop ingesting liquid, i always wake up to pee around 4.10 to 4.30

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u/The_Scyther1 May 04 '22

Taking a piss less than 90 mins before your alarm is awful.

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u/theKrissam May 04 '22

Native Americans used to drink a fuckton of water before going to bed if they had to wake up early.

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u/LiamOttawa May 04 '22

It's odd that most of the reputable articles I find on this subject only mentioned using this to tell time and not as an alarm clock. I'd be scared of burning the house down with an unattended candle.

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u/99wattr89 May 04 '22

I think it's because this fact isn't true. Candles were too expensive to waste one every night while you were sleeping, and very dangerous to leave unattended even before you started driving heavy nails through them which could easily knock them over or flick bits of burning wick out as they fell. This method might have been used occasionally to time other things, but almost no-one had any reason to use improvised alarm clocks to begin with.

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u/_Fibbles_ May 04 '22

Also if you were trying to get 8 hours of sleep then the nails would be at the bottom of the candle, not the top. They're not going to make much noise dropping and inch to the ground.

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u/Imaginary-Risk May 04 '22

hammers in snooze nail

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u/WeirdAvocado May 04 '22

Just keep your window open and the bird outside will wake you up at exactly 4:30am like it does for me every fucking morning.

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u/micahamey May 04 '22 Silver Wholesome

I also knew a hoe who could calculate time down to the hour and minute.

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u/obywan May 04 '22

Yep, hoes are known to be pretty good at this.

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u/QweenJoleen1983 May 04 '22

Time is money 🤑😂

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u/lucare94 May 04 '22

How light was the sleep at the time?

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u/Kemro59 May 04 '22

No cars to make noises

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u/SarcasticGamer May 04 '22

This was more than likely sitting on the nightstand right by their head so a nail falling into a metal candle holder would definitely wake somebody up.

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u/Hasten117 May 04 '22

This is a lie. I’ve slept through a fire alarm before. Check mate.

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u/chupa72 May 04 '22 This

Where is the source for this? We just poorly explain something with a picture and that's it? 10k + upvotes?

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u/ElbiYehRoh May 04 '22

Honestly this sub has becoming pretty low effort over the past year or so. Poorly explained title, photo is a definite and hey presto you got yourself a worthy post.

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u/Cereal-Grapist May 04 '22

How to karma on r/damnthatsinteresting lately: Post some random screenshot or video snippet from the Depp/Heard courtroom with some randomly picked words as caption.

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u/Cold_Neat May 04 '22

My candle would need to look like Pin Head from Hellraiser.

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u/bodhiseppuku May 04 '22

I see 2 snooze bars here...

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u/fartLessSmell May 04 '22

Did you necessarily had to know hoe?

I know they are candle expert but what if someone visits them only on weekly basis?

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u/AlexHanson007 May 04 '22

This is the most interesting thing I think I've seen on this sub ever! Thanks.

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u/HMS404 May 04 '22

You mean to say the OP... Nailed it with the post?

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u/AlexHanson007 May 04 '22

Yes, it was right on point and really lit up my world.

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u/FruitFlavor12 May 04 '22

Nothing holds a candle to it

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u/Dag-nabbitt May 04 '22

It's also not true.

Candle clocks were a thing, but you wouldn't waste it as an alarm clock. A nail dropping would not be a reliable alarm anyway. Candles were expensive, and houses were even more flammable.

In the countryside you just woke up at day break, or when livestock started to make noise.

In the city you had knocker uppers, a team of people that went around waking people up. The knocker uppers, in turn, had a knocker upper to get the process started.

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u/RylNightGuard May 04 '22

sounds like bs. Burning candles overnight in every household or cottage would be expensive and dangerous. I imagine in reality if you lived in a city or town there would be churches keeping time for everyone with their bells. If you didn't live in a city, the precise time isn't really that important to you

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u/sunny_in_phila May 04 '22

Thomas Edison had a similar method, and there are stories of Einstein sleeping with a spoon in his hand that would drop and wake him before he fell into a deep sleep. More interestingly,, until the 19th century or so, most people would go to bed around 9, sleep for a few hours then wake up and do “anything and everything” and then go back to sleep after an hour or so until dawn. This might explain why they had so many kids.

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u/Argark May 04 '22

This might explain why they had so many kids.

They had many kids because there wasnt anything else to do and out of 15 children 6 died in infancy, 4 of illness and the remaining 5 were arms that worked the field

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u/give_me_grapes May 04 '22

I've read about this. Its very interesting indeed:

After an average of three to five hours of solid sleep, the subjects would awaken and spend an hour or two of peaceful wakefulness before a second three- to five-hour sleep period. Such bimodal sleep has been observed in many other animals and also in humans who live in pre-industrial societies lacking artificial light.

link: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/a-blog-around-the-clock/what-is-a-natural-sleep-pattern/

I think we might have a thing or two to learn in modern societies from sleep-paterns before the artificial lights. Personally I remember the funny awakeness that hits me if I fall asleep to "to early" say 8PM and wake up by my self, say at 3AM. Normally I would feel very peacefull and do a few quete activities for a couple of hours and just quiet fall a sleep again. I kind of like that way of sleeping.

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u/ancient_mariner63 May 04 '22

They have the snooze nail set for 15 minutes

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u/dumbholeofdoom May 04 '22

Hoes do be calculating, pimping ain't easy

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u/GoatmanBrogance May 04 '22

They wake up to the smell because of their house burning down actually.

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u/ToasterTeostra May 04 '22

And now take my BF, who sleeps through 15 alarms, screeching kids, the neighbor blasting epic classical music and me cursing loudly when I hit my toe on the table again.

You would need to put some fireworks into those candles to wake him up.

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u/twowayrorrim May 04 '22

"So sorry I'm late, I slept through my nail."

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u/Tea_baggins_1982 May 04 '22

There’s no way I’d get any sleep knowing there was a lit candle going I would be too nervous of fire hazard 😅

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u/RoosterImportant4283 May 04 '22

wait till you hear about the arab inventor who made an entire candle holding device specifically to ring a bell every hour

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u/jaredtheredditor May 04 '22

Imagine buying inferior candles that burn faster on accident and waking up 2 hours too soon

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u/PantherEverSoPink May 04 '22

By accident, not on accident