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It used to be that you would watch the sands of time slipping away through an
These days, all you need is a "Tikker" watch that is programmed to clock the
exact number of seconds until your death.
ABC News recently reported that "a former gravedigger" (are we surprised?) came up with this handy-dandy invention. It seems that some people just have a real knack for the macabre.
So how does this Tikker know when the Grim Reaper is due to arrive? ABC News explains that the "watch-wearer simply fills out a questionnaire and inputs age and the countdown begins."
What's behind this is "a common algorithm used by the federal government to estimate a person's life expectancy."
And why would anybody want to be reminded that their life is growing shorter by the second? Tikker's inventor, Fredrik Colting, offers this explanation: I think that if we are aware of death, and our own expiration, that we will have a greater appreciation for life.
Many must agree because thousands of $79 Tikkers are already on order.
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