Chinese Gongs

Back in one of the old Chinese dynasties the towns had gongs that would be rung every two hours: At 8 a.m.once, 10 a.m. twice, noon thrice, 2 p.m. four times, etc. The lawyers of the day would stretch out the trials as much as they could to make more money. The judges became extremely bored with the status quo and went to the emperor, getting a proclamation that all trials would have to be concluded at 2 p.m.

Thereafter, all trials ended with a four-gong conclusion.

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