On Monday evening, the London Olympic team unveiled a glimmering 500-day countdown clock in Trafalgar Square to mark the Games' impending arrival.

By Tuesday afternoon, the clock was already broken—it had stopped—marking the highest-profile Olympic clock malfunction since Michael Phelps beat Milorad Cavic.

The organizing committee responded with the most British press release ever: "Whilst the clock has stopped, and Omega is trying to sort it out, it does not give us additional time to stage the Games."


The clock was ticking again on Tuesday night, which makes it slightly more functional than Dick Cheney's heart.

Olympic countdown clock stops on 500-day milestone [The Globe and Mail, h/t tomuban]