Short story: Always on Time?
Marilyn Monroe's chronic tardiness made her a difficult actress with whom to work. One day during the production of The Seven Year Itch, for example, she arrived at eleven o'clock for an eight-thirty start. When director Billy Wilder demanded an explanation, Marilyn replied that she had been unable to find the studio. Her excuse rang rather hollow: "She'd only been under contract," Wilder later recalled, "for six years..."
tardiness - opieszałość, spóźnienie
The Seven Year Itch - tyt. pol. "słomiany wdowiec"
to demand - żądać
hollow - niewiele warty, nieszczery
JOKE OF THE WEEK: Clock in heaven
An old woman died and went to Heaven. St. Peter was giving her a tour of Heaven when she noticed that there were dozens of clocks on the wall. Each clock displayed a different time of day. When she asked him about the clocks, he replied, "We have a clock for each person on earth and every time they tell a lie the hands move. The clock ticks off one second each time a lie is told." The clock belonging to Mother Teresa has never moved, indicating that she never told a lie. The clock for Abraham Lincoln has only moved twice. He only told two lies in his life. The woman asked "Where is my husband's clock?" St. Peter replied, "Jesus has it in his office... he's using it as a ceiling fan."
a hand - wskazówka
a fan - wiatrak
DID YOU KNOW?
Before 1884, every city would have its citizens set their watches and clocks to noon for their city - that is, when the sun is at its highest point above the city. This was a major problem for railroads. Riders had to change their watch every time they would arrive at another city. This averaged out changing one minute on your watch for every twelve miles traveled! Beginning in 1884, a system of (time) zones was set up for the entire world.
1. Gregorian calendar is being used to determine the date of the millennium.
2. Sun dials were one of the earliest forms for telling time.
3. This rhyme helps us remember the odd distribution of days in our various months: Thirty days has September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty-one. Excepting February alone: Which has but twenty-eight, in fine, Till leap year gives it twenty-nine (anon).
4. An hourglass had a problem in keeping time because its centre would get clogged. Coarse sand wore away at the center and made the opening wider. An hourglass had to be on a flat surface in order to work properly.
a sun dial - zegar słoneczny
a distribution - rozłożenie
a leap year - rok przestępny
an hourglass - klepsydra
to clog - zapychać się
coarse - gruboziarnisty, ostry
to wear away - ścierać (się)
an opening - otwór
CHECK YOUR VOCABULARY
Match time idioms with their definitions.
 time to kill
 time off
 time ran out
 time stands still
 from time to time
[B] everything seems to slow down or stop moving
[C] time to relax or do what you wish
[D] there was no more time
Answer key: 1C, 2E, 3D, 4B, 5A.