After going to see the Iron Fox at Talksa Lake, I worked my way back into the main part of Siauliai, Lithuania. I found myself on Vilnius Street – which is the main business district in the city.
When you walk along Vilnius Street you come to the center of town and find this:
It is the Cockerel Clock. Yes, there is a cockerel on top of the clock. I’m not sure why and I didn’t feel like looking it up on Wikipedia. You are certainly welcome to if it interests you that much. However, I just found the clock kind of amusing. As a visitor with very little knowledge of the history of Siauliai, I can only imagine the conversation that went on when the people who built it were deciding what it should look like. Maybe it sounded like this:
Person 1 – We’re making this clock in the square.
Person 2 – Ok, but you know there are watches…
Person 1 – Yes, but our clock is going to be different
Person 2 – Oh…How so?
Person 1 – We’re going to put an animal on the top of it.
Person 2 – (looking puzzled) Why?
Person 1 – Because how else are we going to get people to pay attention to our clock?
Person 2 – Good point. What animal are you putting up there – a cute cuddly kitten or a playful dog – people love kittens and dogs. You know some day, people will spend hours looking at some advanced piece of technology looking for cute kittens and playful dogs.
Person 1 – Are you kidding, that will never catch on. I’m thinking of something more, I don’t know, attention grabbing, deep philosophically. I’m debating between a skunk and a cockerel.
Person 2 – Oh. That’s an interesting selection. In that case, I vote for the cockerel.
Person 1 – Great thanks. Let’s get started.