Thursday, August 23, 2007

Half-hour time-zones

Gail Collins has written a funny OpEd piece in the NY Times today about Hugo Chávez's announcement to move Venezuela’s clocks ahead by half an hour.

The list of countries who use the half-hour system does not inspire much confidence. There’s Burma. And Afghanistan. And then there’s Nepal. When the countries around it are at 3 p.m., Nepal believes it to be 3:45. This may have something to do with the altitude.

Newfoundland is on the half-hour system, defying the rest of Canada to do anything about it. ... They like the fact that the national broadcasters always have to say: “Stay tuned for the news on the hour. On the half-hour in Newfoundland.”

Gail forgot to add India to her list...

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