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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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.