The most famous clock in the world is wrong: the bongs of London’s Big Ben have been mysteriously running fast over the past fortnight, clocksmiths admitted Tuesday. The Great Clock that towers over the British parliament can be out by up to six seconds, with its keepers admitting the cherished national icon is ‘a little temperamental’ at 156 years old. Over the past two weeks, the early bongs have messed up BBC domestic and world radio transmissions that broadcast the hour chimes live. The Houses of Parliament’s three dedicated clocksmiths have tried to rectify the problem, but are somewhat mystified as to why it has swung so far out of step. ‘The error started building up and went slightly unnoticed over a weekend,’ clocksmith Ian Westworth told BBC radio. ‘We don’t know why it happened. You’re

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