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Samoa and Tokelau to skip a day for dateline change:
Well, this is very surprising, as these nations will fast-forward to New Year's Eve 2011! Story
linkupFreaking Internation Date Line, how does it work?
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
💩💩💩💩💩... Must suck for the birthday kids. "Happy Birthda—... errr... technically it was yesterday."
Pff, free extra year for them.
"Shit, our candidate is a psychopath. Better replace him with Newt Gingrich."
Um, next year was a leap-year, why couldn't they have just not had the leap day?
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves." Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
... are you serious? Because skipping a day does not put them on the other side of the dateline, but moving to the other side of the dateline does make them skip a day. The latter is what's going on here. If you're not serious: because all the 2012 calendars have been printed already, of course!
Must suck for the birthday kids. "Happy Birthda—... errr... technically it was yesterday."You know who it sucks for even more? Seventh Day Adventists. My father is a pastor, I just heard about him that the higher ups are pretty much having a theological meltdown, now that the Samoan Adventists either have to celebrate the day that is six says after the previous Saturday, so it isn't really the seventh day, or they have to celebrate what is officially known in their country as Sunday, while not celebrating Sunday is pretty much the whole point of the church. Because that wouldn't be any more convinient. The leap day isn't a magical pseudo-day in hyperspace, it's a day in the calendar in any other, and skipping it would be as complicated as skipping any other. Now they have to pretend that the 2011 29th of December, Friday, is followed by 2011 31th of December, Sunday. If it would be the 2012 28th of February, Tuesday, followed by the 2012 1st of March, Thursday, that would be effectively the same thing.
edited 29th Dec '11 4:42:03 PM by Ever9
Because that wouldn't be any more convinient. The leap day isn't a magical pseudo-day in hyperspace, it's a day in the calendar in any other, and skipping it would be as complicated as skipping any other. Now they have to pretend that the 2011 29th of December, Friday, is followed by 2011 31th of December, Sunday.Don't you mean that "they have to pretend that Thursday, December 29, 2011 is followed by Saturday, December 31, 2011"?
edited 29th Dec '11 6:51:41 PM by Angeldeb82
I just recalled reading about a calendar some dudes devised that would actually keep all the days of the week on the same dates every year... That would solve the (non-)issue those Seventh Day churches are having. Let me see if I can find it. edit: here http://releases.jhu.edu/2011/12/27/time-for-a-change-johns-hopkins-scholars-say-calendar-needs-serious-overhaul/ And no, I guess that wouldn't solve anything for them. I just realized that the issue they're having is the desire to observe sabbath every seven days (no problem) but never on a Sunday (problem). I wonder how they dealt with the previous time those islands skipped the date-line, or when the whole world swapped calendars... (probably by not existing. heh.)
edited 29th Dec '11 7:30:31 PM by GreatLich
Prince of DorneThere are literally dozens of such proposals None of them will ever get executed. Ah Samoa. Country of pointless reforms, like introducing driving on the left side after your cars have driven on the right side for decades.
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