Yellowstone isn't actually overdue to erupt. Even if volcanoes were set on some kind of timer (which they're not), there have only been 3 recorded eruptions. This isn't enough for a reliable average. And even if it was, we would still be 100,000 years off. usgs.gov/faqs/yellowstone…
Old timers in Alaskans are known as β€œsourdoughs.” This is because Experienced miners and other settlers frequently carried a pouch of starter either around their neck or on a belt to keep it active in freezing Alaska winters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Mister Rogers once used an egg timer and simply let it run for sixty seconds on a television broadcastβ€”in order to demonstrate how long a minute is. Unlike most TV made for kids, "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" was deliberately slow and contemplative. villagevoice.com/2018/06/…
Before Harold Edgerton rigged a milk dropper next to a timer and a camera of his own invention. It was virtually impossible to take a good photo in the dark without bulky equipment. Edgerton's photograph of a milk drop coronet is one of the 100 most influential images of all time. engineering.unl.edu/alum-…
The legendary Supercar McLaren F1 has parts that simply β€œtimes out”. In other words parts of the car are literally on a count down timer of about a year or two, and then forces the car to stop working. finance.nine.com.au/perso…
Some European countries use "parking discs" which are sort of like self-metering "timers" for free parking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Some of the earliest examples of aerial photography were taken by pigeons with cameras and mechanical timers strapped onto them. The pigeons would be released and let to fly free. When the pigeon was tired it would return home and the photo would be retrieved. newyorker.com/culture/pho…
Japanese used "balloon bombs" in WWII, which made it to US using the "wind jetstream" over the ocean and sandbags as a "countdown timer" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Ice-cubes shrink over time inside of a frost-free freezer because of a process known as sublimation. A heating coil activates on a timer to prevent ice buildup on the freezer coil, this allows enough hot air to enter the food storage area for ice cubes to sublimate but not enough to thaw food. reference.com/science/ice…
North Korea built a fake village with empty buildings lit by automatic timers in an effort to lure South Koreans to defect across the border. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Another assassination attempt to kill Hitler and high Nazi officials were made with explosive devices in the assassins coat pockets on a 10 minute timer during a tour, but failed due to Hitler leaving early only to give the assassin a few seconds to defuse the bomb before exploding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Electric room fans in South Korea have timers, because of a 90 year old myth that a fan in an unventilated room will cause death. snopes.com/medical/freaki…
In 2003 a pizza delivery man seeming picked at random walked into a bank and calmly committed a robbery. when he tried to leave the police stopped him outside, the man said his neck bomb was on a timer and had to get somewhere to get that key that would unlock it. He didn't make it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
There is a movie called "100 Years: The movie you'll never see" that won't be released until 2115, and is locked in a safe with a timer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
The lava lamp was created when a man saw a homemade egg timer made of a cocktail shaker filled with liquids smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Florida passed subtle laws to allow yellow light timers to shorten, which in return has made millions at red light cameras for local cities and counties archive.wtsp.com/news/art…
The "B-54 Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM)" was built "largely devoid of electronics." It "relied on two mechanical timers that, unfortunately, became less accurate the longer they were set for, potentially going off as early as eight minutes ahead of schedule or as many as 13 behind." afr.com/news/eisenhowers-…
"Sabbath Mode" exists on various kitchen appliances (e.g. Oven & Refrigerator) to turn off timers, clocks, and safety features products.geappliances.com…
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean had terrible luck with cameras: he destroyed the first color camera on the moon; lost the self-timer on his still camera; and on splashdown, a 16mm film camera knocked him unconscious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
During world war 2, Japan launched thousands of bombs by balloon at the US. These Fu-Go (fire balloons) used the jet stream to carry them and altimeters and timers to set them off. Their only confirmed kill was a family on a picnic oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
-In the original Super Mario Bros. game you can jump entirely over and miss the flagpole. The result is that you will be "stuck" in front of the castle until the timer runs out. itats.org/everything-lear…
The amount of time washing machines takes to clean depends on water pressure, amount of soilage, laundry weight and amount of detergent used. Most washing machine calculate the time that an optimum load will take. This is why your washing machines timers are always "wrong" conversation.which.co.uk/…
How my washing machine timer works, and it was damned interesting

I rent and the washing machine in my house is pretty old, probably 20+ years. Recently the timer knob has stopped working so I decided to take it apart to see if I could fix it.

Picture of the device in question. This is the back of it. The metal circle you see in the middle corresponds to where the knob is on the other side. Rotating around that metal circle (which looks a bit like a quarter-inch speaker plug) is a gear that looks about like this. Except on mine, it had a pattern of grooves, like as if you had zoomed in on an analog record.

These grooves corresponded to a system of eight metals connections. The grooves on the spinning timer would press a combination of the metal connections (can't find a picture of this), which would control what cycle the machine is on, kind of like a music box.

I tried to program it myself with the circuit diagram I found inside the machine and two insulated screwdrivers, but a

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Epson was named/formed after Seiko was inundated with requests to purchase the printer they developed to print out the results from the world's first 1/100th of a second accurate quartz timer for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the EP01. Epson is the "son" of the EP01. timezone.com/2015/01/08/j…
An eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect (e.g. "old-timers' disease" for "Alzheimer's disease"). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
Fans in South Korea are equipped with auto-off timers so owners won't die in their sleep en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Eggcorn is a phrase that is substituted with a similar sounding phrase. (Old-timers' disease for Alzheimer's disease) eggcorns.lascribe.net/
The US military spent $2 million developing bat bombs during WWII; they would attach incendiary bombs to hibernating bats, release the bats over Japanese cities so they could hide in buildings, then detonate the bombs with a timer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Turkey timers use a metal that melts at 185 degrees Fahrenheit to tell if the turkey is done. huffingtonpost.com/2011/1…
--America dominated the first modern Olympics with a hastily assembled team that included first-timers and Harvard dropouts. vox.com/2016/4/6/11372204…
South Koreans believe that sleeping with a standard room fan on all night can cause hypothermia or asphyxiation. Off timers are considered a life saving feature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Switching out "old-timers" for Alzheimer's is called an Eggcorn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
There were candles that measured the passage of time with markings painted in the sides to measure how long it had been burning. They could be used as timers or alarms by sticking a heavy nail into the candle at the mark indicating the desired interval. Once the wax melted, the nail would fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Fan Death is a widely held belief in South Korea. It is the belief that an electric fan left on overnight in a closed room can kill those inside. This has made timers installed on electric fans popular in South Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
In the horror movie Homicidal (1961) before the climax the director inserted a 45 second timer and told the audience they could leave the theatre and receive a full refund if they were too frightened to see the end. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Nedeljko Cabrinovic failed to assassinate his target because he forgot about the 10 second timer on the bomb. He then tried to poison himself with weak cyanide and tried to drown himself in a 4" river. He died of Tuberculosis after being in jail for 2 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned…
If you're in a non-English 'queue' (i.e. everyone funnelling in from a crowd) that if you start at the sides you'll get in quicker than the people in the middle (like sand in a timer).
A rice cooker knows when to stop automatically (when the rice is done) not with the help of a timer, but by sensing the temperature rise inside the cooker when all water has evaporated.
The Astro Lamp (lava lamp) was first designed as an egg timer. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/E…
Palestinian terrorists blew themselves up when their car bomb’s timers were using standard time instead of Daylight Savings Time a.ka. β€œZionist Time” jewishpress.com/news/yori…
In Korea, fans must have automatic timers due to the widely held fear of "fan death". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
Despite it being known as the 5 Timer Club, 6 people have hosted SNL 10+ times. Alec Baldwin holding the record at 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work recipes.howstuffworks.com…
You could turn your dead relatives into a functional egg timer. The Hourglass Urn inthelighturns.com/rings-…

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