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Hummel Column: Don't be alarmed -- put the rooster in the pot

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In the beginning, the first alarm clocks were roosters sitting on fences and crowing at the crack of dawn. If you wanted to get up earlier or later than the crack of dawn, tough luck for you. But Tagi al-Din wasn't satisfied with the rooster routine. He lived in Turkey, the land of cranky roosters, and in 1559 he invented the first non-rooster alarm clock.

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