It would be disingenuous to suggest that they both have the same twinkliness of toe or way with chimpanzees so instead I will put you out of your misery. They both have floral clocks.
Michael Jackson’s was at Neverland, his California ranch, where it jostled for space amongst the petting zoo, roller coaster, pirate ship and narrow gauge railway. The Edinburgh version is in West Princes Street Gardens and has a much more distinguished history as the site of the first floral clock. The whole thing was the idea of John McHattie of Edinburgh Parks and the clockmaker James Ritchie.
I like to think of them sitting somewhere comfortable over a bottle of single malt.
“Hrmphh..?” enquired McHattie
“Och” replied Ritchie (for, in my imagination, they were both stereotypically taciturn Scots)
And from such brainstorming was born the floral clock. The first one was planted up in the spring of 1903 using the same sort of carpet bedding plants that are used today. For example the many different varieties of Alternanthera (a very short and compact plant that comes in all sorts of convenient colours) or various Sedums, Saginas and Sempervivums.
The mechanism was made of parts salvaged from a demolished church and was housed in the plinth of a nearby statue of the Scottish portrait painter, Allan Ramsay. Initially it only had an hour hand but the technology expanded to include a minute hand and eventually a cuckoo which popped out on the hour.
I am not sure what popped out of Michael Jackson’s clock but, whatever it was, I bet it was not greeted with the same innocent joyfulness as the first cuckoo of Princes Street gardens.