With Euro 2016 set to kick off, the silly season of online gimmicks is upon us. But this Panini sticker clock is a sight to behold.
In The Company of Huskies is a company that has produced some fantastic little whimsical projects in the past.
Last November, for example, it brought us Is Dublin Busy?. A collection of live data, like traffic cams, car park spaces, weather and shop opening and closing times, it was a nice tool to help plan last-minute Christmas shopping.
In March, the company, sick and tired of people calling St Patrick’s Day ‘Patty’s Day’, created the No More Patty extension. The simple idea replaced Patty with Paddy, wherever you saw it online.
Now, though, is its masterpiece. Le Clock Sportif is a clock, with a twist. Instead of numbers, you see really old Panini stickers of footballers whose jersey number corresponds with particular digits.
So when I saw it first this morning, the time was John Aldridge: Thomas Vermaelen Ray Houghton: Pep Guardiola Dino Zoff.
Again, trivial, but wonderful. An additional note, if you click on a player’s sticker you’ll be brought to a YouTube video of them doing their best or worst.
“We’re big fans of the old Panini stickers here at Huskies and decided to make a clock out of them – for no particular reason,” said Dan Nugent, of In The Company of Huskies. “Simply tell the time by recalling the players squad numbers from many years ago.
“Lash it up on an unused screen in the workplace for the entirety of the competition, have a ‘Who Can Tell the Time’ competition, waste some time watching videos, we don’t know.” Simply, enjoy!
Main Euro 2016 image via Nazionale Calcio/Flickr