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When it’s Tuesday, your time’s up
[16 Dec 2013] A patient recovering at Rotherham Hospital, Yorkshire was shocked when the radio-controlled clock on the wall of the ward displayed the command ‘DIE’ to him (and other patients) in large black letters.
Finger trembling, he pointed out the doomy message to staff.
They found that the clock had reverted to a German setting and was showing DIE as an abbreviation of Dienstag, which means Tuesday.
A technician was called and, after a few buttons were pressed, local language norms were restored.