The March of the Metro Gnomes

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Yay for mechanical coupling, which is enough of an effect to drive these into synch as long as they are all naturally oscillating close to the same frequency. This same effect is/was used in clock shops — pendulum clocks hung on a wall would similarly synchronize, giving the illusion that they must all be wonderfully precise clocks, to all be ticking at the same rate and in phase like that.

Spoiler alert: nothing dramatic happens in the last minute of the video — they just tick away. It’s tempting to try a cadence (There she was, just a-walkin’ down the street…), but the ticks are a bit fast.

2 thoughts on “The March of the Metro Gnomes

  1. It’s funny at 2:10 when all are in time with one another, except the single pink on the right that is exactly out of phase. He gets back in line pretty quickly, though.

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