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The Decapitating, Rat-Eating Clocks of the Black Forest

As the full title says, these are not your grandmother’s cuckoo clocks! Justin Miller has been fascinated with cuckoo clocks of the Black Forest since he was a child. He tells us about the origins of clocks with automatons, and how they became associates with the Black Forest region of Germany. Shown here are clocks [...]

Marie Antoinette’s Automaton Dulcimer Player

(Video Link) Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, was presented with this mechanical marvel in 1785. It’s a machine in the form of a lady playing a dulcimer. The lady isn’t just decorative, but an essential part of the musical performance. Be sure to watch the whole video to see other amazing automatons from the same [...]