London's Big Ben Chimes Are Behind The Times Big Ben is the name for the giant bell inside Elizabeth Tower. The chimes are slow by as many as six seconds. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed.
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London's Big Ben Chimes Are Behind The Times

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London's Big Ben Chimes Are Behind The Times

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Big Ben is the name for the giant bell inside Elizabeth Tower. The chimes are slow by as many as six seconds. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a blow to British prestige. Britain, long ago, made itself the center of geography and time. Zero degrees longitude is Greenwich, England. Time zones are expressed as Greenwich Time plus or minus so many hours. But Britain's Parliament now admits an ugly truth about Big Ben, the big clock in London. It's slow by as many as six seconds. In a digital age, Ben is analog. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed. It's MORNING EDITION.

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