I believe the alarm clock was invented, most likely, by the Spanish Inquisition. It is certainly the greatest instrument of torture that I know of, even more disturbing than a car alarm that goes off at 3:00am, because the car alarm has a benevolent purpose--namely to scare away car-thiefs, however the alarm clock's only purpose is to startle you out of a pleasant sense of dreamy relaxation and say to you, (in effect) 'GET OUT of BED you lazy, no-good, scamp!'
O I could go on and on about alarm clocks, but it being time to go to bed and set mine, I had better quit while I still have some sleeping time and the alarm clock once again, in it's illimitable fashion, says 'BOO! Wake up! Now! This minute!'
Which leads me to wonder...what does the alarm clock do after it finishes ringing? Why of course! IT GOES BACK to SLEEP!
That's not fair.