Doomsday Clock

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A symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by atomic scientists at the University of Chicago, that views humans as minutes from midnight—i.e., catastrophic destruction
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A view of the scene showing an old car during filming for Six Minutes to Midnight on the esplanade in Penarth
'Six Minutes to Midnight' is based on true events where the story revolves around a teacher who is assigned to a finishing school on the south coast of England where the daughters of Nazi officials learn to be faithful members of Hitler's League of German Girls.
2002: 7 minutes to midnight. (Aftermath of 9/11 felt worldwide, calls for war begin.)
In 2016, the clock remained unmoved, its hands staying at three minutes to midnight.
It was Martyl's brainchild to create a clock and set the hand to seven minutes to midnight (or 11:53 pm) when it was first inaugurated.
The clock was recently pushed forward to 3 minutes to midnight.
Morris, the physician superintendent of the Royal Bethlehem Hospital, commonly known as Bedlam, with a perplexing situation: at twelve minutes to midnight each night, patients arise as if in a trance and begin a writing frenzy on all surfaces--walls, paper, bed pans--writing crazy, indecipherable phrases.
Dr Morris is convinced the bizarre behaviour of many of his patients can only be solved by the superior talents of Montgomery Flinch; at twelve minutes to midnight each night, the patients awake and begin frenziedly writing strange messages on anything they can find, even their cell walls or their own skin if nothing better is available.
In between songs, people yell from the crowd: "You got six minutes to midnight!" It's like a time bomb is going to explode as the clock strikes 12.
That means that books like Sequart's Minutes to Midnight bear the onus of either standing on their own merits as effective and insightful criticism or not.
According to the Board of BAS, "It is 6 minutes to midnight. We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
The clock is now set at six minutes to midnight, with midnight representing a nuclear apocalypse.