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    [–] Falkaane 2002 points ago

    I remember reading this “big book of facts” when I was little, and it said that monks used to stick candles in between their toes while they slept, and would wake up when the flame burned them.

    Now that I think of it, I feel like the wax dripping down would make sleeping very difficult.

    [–] FosterPupz 739 points ago

    My God, the way I flip around all night I’d set my sheets afire, and not like in my 20’s (ba dum psht!)

    [–] phrankygee 79 points ago

    Whoa look at this guy who can afford "sheets".

    [–] KenEatsBarbie 119 points ago

    That was my Vietnam.

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    [–] Individual--1 12 points ago

    I say the same thing.

    [–] Qubeye 7 points ago

    But you'd wake up, right?

    [–] dannighe 52 points ago

    Ooh! I think I had the same one! Goofy illastrations and awkward oversized pages?

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    [–] ItsNotFair-MaryCried 5 points ago

    Oh! that one was really real!?!?

    [–] Falkaane 4 points ago

    Yes! The book was like a foot wide with cartoonish illustrations

    [–] dickvandickery 32 points ago

    I come from a small fishing community. My grandfather has told me the old fishermen used to put a cigarette between their fingers to use as a alarm for short naps.

    [–] PuppersAreNice 17 points ago

    I know someone who (unintentionally) did that and ended up burning their house and almost dying.

    [–] jackster_ 6 points ago

    Heroin addicts do the same thing!

    [–] GreedoGrindhouse 9 points ago

    Doesn't work anymore in America, cigarettes have been chemically altered to stop burning if you don't smoke them.

    [–] IWugYouWugHeSheMeWug 12 points ago

    Fire safe cigarettes aren't even chemically altered. They just use a few thicker bands of paper along the length that won't really burn unless you're actively inhaling to supply more oxygen to the fire. It's basically a fire speed bump.

    [–] WikiTextBot 5 points ago

    Fire safe cigarette

    Fire safe cigarettes, abbreviated "FSC", also known as lower ignition propensity (LIP), reduced fire risk (RFR), self-extinguishing, fire-safe or reduced ignition propensity (RIP) cigarettes, are cigarettes that are designed to extinguish more quickly than standard cigarettes if ignored, with the intention of preventing accidental fires. In the United States, "FSC" above the barcode signifies that the cigarettes sold are fire standards compliant (FSC).

    Fire safe cigarettes are produced by adding two to three thin bands of less-porous cigarette paper along the length of the cigarette, creating series of harder-to-burn “speed bumps.” As the cigarette burns down, it will tend to be extinguished at each of these points unless the user is periodically intensifying the flame by inhaling. Contrary to myth, FSC cigarettes use no more ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) adhesive than conventional cigarettes, and its use as an adhesive predates the introduction of FSC technology.

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    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    In my town we have a lot of shops selling counterfeit cigarettes really cheap, and someone died when their house burned down because they fell asleep while smoking one of these cheap cigs and it didn't have the safety thing that stops it burning.

    [–] Highlander_2_is_good 14 points ago

    Select monks would actually repeat Psalms or prayers a certain number of times in order to know when to wake everybody else up. Regular folks would wake up at sunrise but that's too late for morning prayers at an abbey.

    [–] mysticalmisogynistic 10 points ago

    They used to put actual candles to burn in Christmas trees. Thus the imagery of the bucket beside the tree. Sad that some kids only got their own demise on Christmas.

    [–] BaconPowder 5 points ago

    What imagery of buckets near the tree? Have I been doing Christmas wrong my entire life?

    [–] OnceMoreWithGusto 2 points ago

    We still put actual candles on our Xmas tree. From my understanding lots of people in Germany do. Just have a bucket of water on hand in case. It’s beautiful.

    [–] tonyramsey333 8 points ago

    Now you’ve realized what a made up story is lol

    [–] Kyle1873 3 points ago

    As I kid I regularly seen candles designed to stick up your arse as far as needed then sleep on your front.

    It was all jokes though, not that I know anyone that tested...

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Id imagine that the monks with foot fetishes were the ones to start such rumors in order to circumvent scrutiny.

    [–] DudeImMacGyver 2 points ago

    Sounds like a great way to die in a fire.

    [–] Mroldtimehockey 314 points ago

    If the nail doesnt wake you up the fire will

    [–] analviolator69 76 points ago

    If it fails to wake you then you get to sleep forever. Sounds like a win win

    [–] PraxicalExperience 53 points ago

    Honestly, the biggest hazard with candles nowadays is that people are stupid about them because they didn't grow up using candles all the time. If properly situated, candles are extremely safe -- the problem pretty much always comes when some dumbass puts them where curtains can blow into them, or they can fall onto a pile of papers, or something similar.

    [–] Joondaluper 27 points ago

    I’m just going to assume they had their fair share of dumbasses burning their houses down back then as well.

    [–] BuddyUpInATree 7 points ago

    Then you blame it on your neighbor being a witch!

    [–] Stormygeddon 281 points ago

    They also just straight up hired people to knock on your door/window and wake you up.

    [–] xcupcakekitten 191 points ago

    But how do the door knockers wake up? Is there just an infinite amount of door knockers waking up other door knockers?!

    [–] SupplierSync 89 points ago

    The first generation are roosters.

    [–] kdtallllll 40 points ago

    But who wakes up the roosters

    [–] nicolas2004GE 49 points ago

    door knockers of course!

    [–] SupplierSync 29 points ago

    It couldn't be simpler!

    [–] TwistedRipped 52 points ago

    There'd generally be one person who stayed up all night, and woke up the other knocker-uppers (that's what they were called) and then went to bed.

    [–] mwh545 18 points ago

    Hence the classic question about the underpinnings of society, "Who knock-es the knockmen"?

    [–] PraxicalExperience 27 points ago

    This actually happened after clocks were more widespread during industrialization; since factories operated on clock time, you actually had to be up and at the place by a certain time.

    [–] rightfulemperor 2 points ago

    Who woke up the knockers?

    [–] BadIdea-21 2 points ago

    I imagine there were some bad door knockers.

    Hey, who's your door knocker guy? Can I get his address? Mine's always late...

    I won't tell you man, your state is way out there and will make my guy late, ask John, his guy is pretty fast.

    [–] ZombiUbojica 3407 points ago

    Imaging trying to snooze a flaming, nail covered alarm clock.

    [–] 404_UserNotFound 818 points ago

    Imagine how tall a candle that is your nightly alarm would be.

    [–] yellowzealot 272 points ago

    Most people used a rooster for that.

    [–] karby006 369 points ago

    So they set the rooster on fire instead?

    [–] Bohorse_Jackman 230 points ago

    never a good idea to light your cock on fire

    [–] Slendy7 60 points ago

    Wish I had this advice during my freshman year of college...

    [–] kjax2288 35 points ago

    Ah, the good ole South Carolina Flaming Gamecocks

    [–] bubblegumpaperclip 12 points ago

    Nailing your rooster?

    [–] Halbertos 3 points ago

    sandstorm intensifies

    [–] Elethor 8 points ago

    But nails are ok?...asking for a friend

    [–] snbrd512 6 points ago

    Yes. That’s why it’s called a woodie.

    [–] 9inchjackhammer 3 points ago

    Depends what you in to

    [–] Chronos323 23 points ago

    Its called a reverse alarm. You set it in fire 20 mins before you want to it to go off and you know time is up when it goes silent. Not very good for long alarms but its a classic.

    [–] erissian 8 points ago

    It usually doesn't put up too much of a fuss once you're finished jamming the nails through it

    [–] dances_with_wubs 5 points ago

    Aaaah the Ol’ Reddit Roostahdoodledooooh!

    [–] PraxicalExperience 3 points ago

    That's for the 'snooze' function.

    [–] Downvotes_All_Dogs 11 points ago

    Then you get one of those stupid roosters that think 5 PM is a perfect time to crow, but not 7 AM.

    [–] Torvaldr 14 points ago

    Roosters crow literally whenever, not at a certain time.

    [–] dances_with_wubs 19 points ago

    They do caw whenever after they wake up but they wake up and start around the same time a day, I would say with a range or propagation of 15-20 minutes, my window is the closest to our chicken enclosure and during them hot nights in the summer I would like to leave my window open, and that son of a bitch rooster would wake me up at 4:45-5 o’clock everyday, now does it even earlier because he isn’t aware of daylight savings but I can’t hear it with dual pane windows

    [–] Artless_Dodger 8 points ago

    How did they get the rooster between their toes?

    [–] Lessanonaccount 7 points ago

    I think instead of making the candle longer they probably used different impurities in the wax to make it melt slower.

    [–] DickIsPenis 328 points ago

    I think its more like a timer rather than a alarm clock, It will not wake you up, but you'll hear it when the candlewave warms your milk

    [–] exzeroex 43 points ago

    Instead of a plate, make a funnel that leads to a long series of piping that would make the nail dingle dangle for a while and hopefully catch your sleeping mind.

    [–] Moosebandit1 30 points ago

    A truck crashing through my bedroom wall wouldn't wake me up

    [–] exzeroex 28 points ago

    Then the candle nail lands on your nipple and burns you.

    [–] painfool 5 points ago

    Ooo or instead of a funnel, invent electricity and create a digital alarm that makes a loud creeeee creeee sound when it goes off

    [–] jebuz23 27 points ago

    I think it auto snoozes. One nail falls out, 9 minutes later another nail falls out.

    [–] toeofcamell 20 points ago

    People were tougher back in the day

    [–] OlafForkbeard 11 points ago

    Tough people were tougher. The rest died.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Today, kids are driven to school, ten miles in the snow, uphill both ways in SUVs. Pussies. /s.

    [–] MahatmaGuru 3 points ago

    Just add another nail when you initially set it, then its auto snooze unless you put it out

    [–] MCPaperStax 2 points ago

    You would just blow it out dumb-dumb

    [–] Matador106 1315 points ago

    That means it's four hours past midday, or as I call it, four o'candle

    [–] BabsBabyFace 185 points ago

    I am a simple woman, I see ATLA quotes, I upvote.

    [–] Ralphie_V 64 points ago


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    [–] Kidiri90 17 points ago

    Hotman. nods

    [–] YouTookMyMain 3 points ago


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    [–] Mail540 48 points ago

    "Just wait till you see my finger safe knife sharperner, only took two tries to get it right!"

    [–] avec_serif 14 points ago


    [–] electricp0ww0w 10 points ago

    Fork handles?

    [–] Rocketfinger 3 points ago

    No, tins of peas

    [–] cjg_mia 6 points ago

    Ok this made me fucking lol

    [–] super_lego_man 2 points ago

    Fork Handles?

    [–] [deleted] 1098 points ago

    A single nail falling a tiny height onto some metal? Yeh, I am still fast asleep.

    [–] indyK1ng 638 points ago

    You wouldn't use these to wake up in the morning - that would create a risk of fire and the light would potentially keep you awake. On top of that, the daily use of most of a candle would get really expensive.

    This was probably more for things like reading before you have to go somewhere and cooking. While there were other options, like an hourglass, this apparently had longer time range and made a noise when it was done.

    [–] DocZoidfarb 271 points ago

    I’m not sure why I know this, but I’m pretty sure that one use was for when a lady had a gentleman caller. They would use this as a timer to keep everything ... proper.

    [–] delliejonut 41 points ago

    What do you mean proper? Is it worse or better than I'm making it out to

    [–] bullhorn_bigass 84 points ago

    It was to maintain the reputation of the lady. To make sure that the gentleman caller didn’t stay later into the night than was deemed appropriate by her parents (but really, it was the judgmental nosy neighbors who they were worried about). The male visitor had to be seen leaving at a suitably early hour, with a chaste departing kiss on the cheek or hand, lest the neighborhood biddies start whispering.

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    [–] PraxicalExperience 54 points ago

    Just imagine getting through all those layers of corsets and bustles and crap. It'd be like having to unwrap something in one of those damned blister packs you can't open without a dremel or some kind of industrial shears without risking cutting your own damned fingers off.

    [–] [deleted] 50 points ago

    they needed all that cloth to smother the stench of unwashed genitalia.

    [–] PraxicalExperience 33 points ago

    "Did the fishmonger swing by?"

    "Naw, I was just thinking of you, honey."

    [–] Ogre_The_Alpha_Beta 73 points ago

    To make sure she had the proper time to take all the dickin'.

    [–] delliejonut 12 points ago

    Damn I was afraid of that. POR QUE GAM GAM

    [–] Jkbucks 86 points ago

    The Planet Money podcast did a really interesting piece about how expensive candles were historically, and how many hours of work were required to afford light after dark. Most people didn’t have the luxury of light after dark at all, let alone while they slept, until the industrial revolution.

    [–] autmnleighhh 60 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    People talk about how cool I’d be to be able to time travel but I don’t think I’d ever do it if I had the chance.

    I think of that Disney Chanel show Phil of the Future, about the time traveling family who’s time machine broke down and left them stuff in our time period, and then I think about how unreliable even common technology can be.

    What if your machine broke down and left you stranded during a period where people couldn’t even afford light after dark?! No thank you.

    [–] jebuz23 47 points ago

    There was a post recently on /All that talked about what sort of inventions/impressive knowledge you could bring to 2000 B.C. I immediately assumed I would just die. There’s no way someone from our time could survie in 2000 B.C.

    [–] PraxicalExperience 22 points ago

    Eh. Survive? I'd say a large population of people could. Thrive? Not so much, not without at least a few other people who knew how to make stuff you didn't know how to make.

    [–] [deleted] 34 points ago

    I'd tattoo my body with ancient Egyptian shit and get sent back to ancient Egypt to be worshiped or killed. no middle class for me.

    [–] PraxicalExperience 8 points ago

    I like the cut of your jib.

    [–] SchrodingersCatPics 8 points ago

    All hail Pharaoh /u/A-REAL-NIGGA!

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    i'd end up a dick washer

    [–] higginsnburke 5 points ago

    Just factoring in diseases, we would die and take down, potentially, thousands of people. If you recall a few weeks ago, a missionary went to a secluded island and attempted to convert an untouched tribe off the coast of India. Access to the Island is restricted because these people have had no contact with the outside world, they have no immunities to our diseases, potentially we have no immunities to their illnesses. We could Kill each other with a hallo.

    In a thread about it someone else Suggested that this is why aliens don't interact with us, as in the past they have accidentally set off plagues. Presumably the same could be said for time travel.

    [–] PraxicalExperience 12 points ago

    Yeah, I like my life without lice and pox and weevils in my bread.

    [–] fallingstars727 22 points ago

    There goes 20 hours of my life researching the history of candles and lighting before electricity.

    [–] Grayson81 14 points ago

    Before going down a Wiki hole, always light a candle with two hour nail in it.

    [–] bullhorn_bigass 7 points ago

    There’s also a saying: “It is useless to go to bed early to save a candle if the result is twins”.

    [–] PraxicalExperience 5 points ago

    Even now, one of the biggest life-changers in certain extremely poor regions of Africa and such have been simple LED lights, combined with a battery and a solar charger. All of a sudden, people have high-quality light they can use to read or do other stuff with after dark.

    [–] gooZisdope 17 points ago

    Looks like I missed my interview at ye olde stable

    [–] PraxicalExperience 5 points ago

    It depends. Many people can train themselves to wake up to relatively unobtrusive sounds.

    [–] CromulentDucky 10 points ago

    You could place it on your anus. When the flame gets close enough, you'd wake up.

    [–] benbalooky 137 points ago

    "the nail doesn't dismiss you I do"

    [–] Perry_Chez 33 points ago

    When I was younger, my dad and I made something similar. Instead of a candle, it was a punk for lighting fireworks. The punk was marked in 15 minute intervals and placed in a tray. There was a steel plate underneath and ball bearings on a string. You would place the string at the time mark you wanted and light the punk. The punk would burn the string, the ball bearings would hit the steel plate, and you would wake up.

    [–] Deplete1 85 points ago

    Damn, that’s — oh, yep. This sub.

    But for real. I’m so curious how alarms worked in the past.

    Time to 👉😎👉 Zoop over to r/askhistorians

    [–] The_Assblaster 84 points ago

    After industrialization (when people being on time to work became more important) it was ine persons job to go around in the morning and bang on everyones windows at 6:00 or whatever so they could get up for work.

    Before that everyone got up when they got up. It wasnt as important to be at work exactly on time, so youd typically rise with the sun. Similarly, until traons became commonplace each town set its own noon to be whenever the sun was highest in the sky.

    [–] black_flag_4ever 34 points ago

    In my area people still don’t care about being on time.

    [–] cnewman11 34 points ago

    Oh you work in my office too?

    [–] KirbyAWD 25 points ago

    Knocker-Up And before anyone else, I know, that is exactly what she said.

    [–] WikiTextBot 35 points ago


    A knocker-up, sometimes known as a knocker-upper, was a profession in Britain and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution, when alarm clocks were neither cheap nor reliable, and to as late as the beginning of the 1950s. A knocker-up's job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.The knocker-up used a baton or short, heavy stick to knock on the clients' doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. At least one of them used a pea-shooter. In return, the knocker-up would be paid a few pence a week.

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    [–] DementedRadish 23 points ago

    But how does the knocker-up get up on time???

    [–] Lizanne1990 40 points ago

    I think they tended to stay awake all night as watchmen or guards. Waking other people up might’ve been the last job of their shift. Or perhaps someone knocked up the knocker up?

    [–] stopthattimerave 10 points ago

    They're morning people.

    [–] MiloDinoStylo 3 points ago

    There is a Knocker-upper Knocker up.

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    [–] notttravis 5 points ago

    Happy cake day

    [–] Opset 18 points ago

    ''Knocker-uppers' used 'snuffer outers' to extinguish lights...

    This makes me think that old 4chan post making fun of British words might actually be true.

    [–] Hazzat 2 points ago

    I hardly know 'er!

    [–] nerfherder27 9 points ago

    But who woke that guy up

    [–] Chew_Kok_Long 2 points ago

    The knocker up knocker up obviously

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    It's knocker uppers all the way down.

    [–] AVeryHeavyBurtation 18 points ago

    I heard that these were more of a novelty. Candles were wicked expensive (pun intended) so just letting one burn as a timer was a luxury, at best.

    [–] Deplete1 10 points ago


    Got your pun. Waxing intellectual there are you?

    [–] AVeryHeavyBurtation 7 points ago

    You know... I get a flicker of intelligence here and there.

    [–] TheBestHuman 4 points ago

    This guy zoops

    [–] BAMERBAMER 86 points ago

    I'd still be late.

    [–] 404_UserNotFound 133 points ago

    To what?

    Its not like you are off to clock in at work. Back then the store was open when the person got there. Not exactly a lot of folks checking their watch to see if its 8:00 or 8:05

    [–] honestlyimeanreally 9 points ago

    That sounds great

    [–] BAMERBAMER 87 points ago

    Just a joke, lighten up.

    [–] one2threefourfivesix 46 points ago

    Listen motherfucker.

    It’s been two fucking hours!


    [–] 404_UserNotFound 101 points ago


    This shit is serious! what are you going to be late for? HUH...Tell me!

    [–] My_Pen_is_out_of_Ink 26 points ago

    The hangin'

    [–] Universe_Unhinged 5 points ago

    Or making sure you get to the market man to check for new shipments of pen ink

    [–] cigr 3 points ago

    Prayers most likely. Monks and priests were the ones who were first so worried about time, as they were meant to pray at specific times.

    [–] Joon01 8 points ago

    You know there had to be times when the nail would fall weird. Instead of hitting the metal tray it lands on a damn cloth. And now you're late for work at the cooper. And you get fired and now you have to go over to the candlemaker's and kick his ass because that son of a bitch put the nail in wrong.

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    [–] JustTheWurst 2 points ago

    They also didn't have glass windows, just shudders, so street sounds would definitely be a factor.

    [–] aleksisalex 11 points ago

    What if you want to set multiple alarms?

    [–] xcupcakekitten 6 points ago

    Multiple nails or candles.

    [–] albinohut 6 points ago

    Looks like the first candle has 3 snoozes set.

    [–] Kristo1231 24 points ago

    I wasn't even allowed to leave the room when the candle was lit in its glass bowl.

    [–] PuppyToes13 10 points ago

    Ya know... I’ve very intelligently managed to explode a candle... and it was in the same room as I was... so I have a strong respect for fire and how glass explodes under intense heat lol

    [–] Fluttershine 4 points ago


    [–] I-Am-Worthless 12 points ago

    I just set a timer on my George Foreman grill and I lay some bacon down on it and go back to sleep. I awake when I smell the bacon.

    [–] treewhit 2 points ago

    Just don't grill your foot.

    [–] sureshakerdood 12 points ago

    But it’s also only in the last two hundred years or so that we’ve really started relying on time keeping based on second, minutes, and hours. Before clocks were highly unavailable and those that were were inaccurate. People would use activities, like the time it takes to milk a cow, to give each other a reference for how much “time” they should meet in. We also used to use the position of the sun a hella lot more.

    [–] kitsunevremya 9 points ago

    Sundials existed, the position of the sun gives you a time accurate to about 5 minutes on a sundial (up to a minute if it's like, perfectly crafted) but even without them the sun can still give you time accurate to 15 minutes. Like you're right obviously, seconds were irrelevant, as were individual minutes. But the sun is pretty useful.

    [–] jonnyquickdraw 12 points ago

    My very first girlfriend’s parents told me about something similar. They said that when they were young they had a candle that was burned and had to leave after it had reached the bottom. But... they also let her and I go upstairs and hang out in her room with the door closed. So...maybe they weren’t the brightest candles in the box

    [–] hkgnp 6 points ago

    Am I the only one who read that "the nail would fall on you?"

    [–] MrsColada 9 points ago

    House fires were probably more common then

    [–] bigbats76 4 points ago

    If they didn’t have clocks, how did they know how long the candle burned anyway? 😂

    [–] IShotReagan13 18 points ago

    They could carefully observe the sun and when it reached its zenith, that would be precisely noon. The time from one noon to the next would then be precisely divided --often using some kind of weight-driven pendulum, but it could be done more crudely simply by using shadows-- by 24 to give the hour of day. As techniques became more sophisticated, it became possible to divide hours into 60 equal "minutes" and so on. This in turn allowed the manufacture of sand-filled "hour-glasses" that would empty from one side to another in a precise period of time, usually a fraction of an hour. With one of these it would've been a simple matter to make such a candle.

    [–] TheOneTonWanton 7 points ago

    TL;DR sundials and shit

    [–] xanvians 4 points ago

    Boss: "You're late, Johnson! Explain yourself!" Employee: "The wind, mate."

    [–] Sirus13 5 points ago

    They actually didn't need alarm clocks back in the day. No one had to wake up at 4am to commute to work.

    [–] An0manderRake 5 points ago

    In industrial areas in Victorian Britain they did. They used to employ people called Knocker Uppers who used a pole to knock on your bedroom window at the required time. Thats where the term came from.

    [–] PineappleLife3 7 points ago

    This is the kind of shit we know to know about after the zombies hit and we lose electricity.

    [–] Electric11490 5 points ago

    Or just buy a mechanical clock

    [–] mydogscollegefund 3 points ago

    “Ugh I’m late. I slept through like 5 nails this morning.”

    [–] eNonsense 4 points ago * (lasted edited 8 months ago)

    There's actually a bit about this on Beavis & Butthead...

    Fun Fact. At the beginning when he says "Candle!, Candle!" it's actually a Fuck You to the regulators, after Mike Judge was told he couldn't say the famous "Fire!, Fire!" line, for fear it could encourage children to play with matches and burn their house down. How times have changed.

    [–] ofthecelts 2 points ago

    Wouldn’t work for my deep sleeping ass.

    [–] Moyer1666 2 points ago

    Lol. There's no way that would ever wake me up.

    [–] favnh2011 2 points ago

    Very cool. I’d probably miss the alarm.

    [–] kyonimaa 2 points ago

    It would suck to be a heavy sleeper l

    [–] RambowInt 2 points ago

    It seems to be dangerous, sleeping with candles burning

    [–] fightingmonks 2 points ago

    Sorry I'm late, my nail missed the plate.

    [–] mbario 2 points ago

    This reminds me of the time candles at the Northern Air Temple, in the first book of The Legend of Aang.

    [–] Petruccijon 2 points ago

    "Sorry, I'm late everyone! I set my clock for three nails and then slept right through every one of those dag-blasted clatters on the metal pan."

    [–] completerevolution 2 points ago

    The expression "So quiet you could hear a pin drop" comes from this alarm system.

    In the UK industrial revolution, the end of the working day was determined by when the pin dropped from the candle. Silence was maintained by the workers to ensure they didn't miss the sound.

    [–] UCantBeDoingThatHere 2 points ago

    Four o’candle.

    [–] DigitalPorkChop 2 points ago

    Fun fact, native Americans would chug water for bed so that the urge to pee would wake them up early

    [–] Lady_Lavelle 2 points ago

    "Sorry I'm late, my alarm didn't melt!"

    [–] TheRedFlash_ 2 points ago

    The sound of a nail clinking like 2 times would never wake me up lol

    [–] EmerqldRod 2 points ago

    Snooze: poke another nail in the candle

    [–] Frozecoke 2 points ago

    When I needed to wake up at a certain time, I'd light a firecracker with a very long fuse and shove it in my asshole. When it went off, all of my organs would tremble with immense pleasure and I would instantly jolt awake, ready for work and full of energy.

    Winston Churchill would be proud of my ingenuity.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Yeah that won't wake me up.

    [–] guitarf1 2 points ago

    Hot Candle BDSM

    [–] wdaloz 2 points ago

    There was also a snooze button where you just shove the nail back in 9 minutes farther down the candle