Thursday, December 29, 2011

Losing time in Samoa, In fact a whole 24 hours

Jack Dikian
December 2011

Imagine going to bed on Thursday night, sleeping the usual 7 or 8 hours and waking up on Saturday morning. That’s exactly what will happen to the almost 200,000 people of Samoa. What’s more, how about one day being the last (in the world) to see the sun set and then, over night, becoming the first to see sunrise each day.

I’m not talking about dissociation or dissociative disorders associated with say, PTSD, BPD and/or other psychiatric conditions.

This is because Samoa has finalized its time-zone shift by skipping the entire day of Friday in a bid to move into line with Australia and New Zealand. The switch will make Samoa one hour ahead of Wellington and three ahead of Sydney. Giving it’s people a greater opportunity to conduct business with Australia and NZ.

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