A family in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, has been living with an alarm clock routinely ringing inside a wall in their home since 2004, CBS Pittsburgh reports. They've been patiently waiting for the clock's battery to run down ever since Janet Jackson's boob was mainstream news, but so far it's still going strong.
A guy named Jerry Lynn is responsible for said clock getting stuck behind said wall, and he and his wife have been living with his incessantly beeping mistake ever since. Lynn explained to CBS on Thursday that he dropped the alarm clock down through a second-story air vent tied to a string, hoping that its sound would help him figure out where to drill a hole for his TV cable. It seemed like a simple enough plan.
Lynn set the clock to go off ten minutes later, so he would have time to head downstairs and listen for the beep behind his living room wall. Unfortunately, Lynn's household ingenuity didn't extend to knot-tying. The clock slipped from its harness and fell into the wall's abyss.
"All of a sudden I heard it go 'thunk!' as [the clock] came loose," Lynn told CBS. "I thought, well, that's not a real problem... It's still going to go off. And it did."
And it continued to go off, every evening, inside his living room wall, forever. Lynn figured that in "maybe three [or] four months, it will run out of battery," but the clock lived on. "That was in September of 2004. It is still going off every day. During daylight savings time it goes off at ten minutes until eight, and during standard time it goes off at ten minutes to seven at night."
It's not clear what brand of alarm clock is trapped inside the wall, unfortunately, since the clock's 13-year battery life would make a great ad campaign for Toshiba or whatever.
Lynn could have probably cut into the drywall and taken care of the nuisance long ago, but he and his wife have apparently come to terms with their sometimes-beeping home. Homeowners have been known to deal with worse.