Waking up today consists of an alarm clock – one whose incessant ringing, unfortunately, brings us out of our dreams and the comfort of our beds. Many have even attempted to make this process more pleasurable by inventing alarm clocks that mimic natural sunlight, as well as ones that force you to run after them if you want to hit their snooze button.
But these devices weren’t always the nifty and creative ones that we know today. In fact, our ancestors used to wake up to the loud thud of a stick being struck across the window or to the unique sound of a woman shooting peas at them. Rather than smartphone apps and digital displays, our ancestors had to rely on the business of human alarm clocks instead.
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