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Clock shock: British admit Big Ben's bongs not quite on time

Don't set your watch by Big Ben. Officials say the famous clock at Britain's Parliament — used by Londoners for decades to check the time — has recently been slow by as much as six seconds. The 156-year-old clock chimes every 15 minutes and emits deep bongs to mark the hour. Its inaccuracy was noticed by staff at BBC radio, which broadcasts the bongs live at 6 p.m. Ian Westworth, one of Parliament's three clocksmiths, told the BBC the clock had become "a little temperamental" with age. "Imagine running your car for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the last 156 years," he said. Parliamentary officials said Tuesday that mechanics had...

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