Big Ben Slowed Down By 5 Minutes In 1949

Big Ben has been accurately keeping time in London since 1859, except for a couple of instances.

In 1949, a flock of starlings landed on the minute hand, but there were so many of the them that they actually slowed down the clock by 5 minutes. Then in 1962, a particularly heavy pile of snow on the minute hand slowed it down by 10 minutes.

Coldnoon Bureau

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