The Verbarius electronic clock by Art Lebedev, a design firm that’s also given us fancy gadgets like the OLED Optimus Maximus keyboard, icon fridge magnets, folder flash drives and the Optimus Aux keypad. The Verbarius displays time not by numbers, but solely by phrases like “Twenty-nine past eleven a.m.” or “Half past ten”. Amazing, but pricey. The clock works just as described, displaying phrases instead of times. You can have up to ten different variations on a single “minute”, so 10:10 could be “ten ten”, “ten past ten”, “ten minutes past ten”, “fifty til eleven”, or whatever other weird notation you can think of. To make your own language packs (it already comes with English, French, Russian and Spanish), just make an .xls file and send it to Art Lebedev. They’ll convert it to Verbarius’ proprietary format. Buy here for about $190us.