DIGITAL CLOCKS in the Sicilian town of Catania are running 20 minutes faster. The reason for this phenomenon is not known. Some people say Mount Etna‘s recent activity might have produced some sort of radiation. Others claim it’s due to the construction of a submarine communications cable that is generating huge magnetic waves around the city.
Hundreds of digital clocks, microwaves and other devices on the island are speeding up and no-one is quite sure why. The phenomenon has left people scratching their heads for weeks and several theories have been put forward involving aliens, poltergeists, volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions. Armageddonists are pointing to further proof of the imminent end of the world.
Two young locals have set up a facebook page calling for those affected to come forward. One of them, Francesco Nicosia, said:
“I realised something was wrong when I started getting to work earlier. After some investigation I noticed that I wasn’t the only one who was on time, which is quite rare here in Sicily.”
This isn’t the first time the island has experienced strange goings on linked to electronic devices: several years ago electronic equipment started spontaneously catching fire across the rural countryside.
Many believe the whole thing is a conspiracy to punish Sicilians for their tardiness…
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”—Albert Einstein