Friday, December 30, 2011

Today does not exist in Samoa

See that little red circle on the globe?

That’s Samoa.

Today does not exist in Samoa.

I’m telling you the truth.

Well, yes, the sun will come up and all that, but even though yesterday was Thursday, December 29, 2011, today is not Friday, December 30, 2011, in Samoa. It is as though it never happened in Samoa.

You don’t believe me? Read this article from The Christian Science Monitor.

See? You should believe me when I tell you things.


  1. Try as I might, I can't understand why jumping from one side of the date line to the other will make trade with China etc 'much, much easier'. I would have thought that there would be an advantage in being able to despatch a delivery the day before you receive the order. Or have I got it the wrong way round?

  2. It's just a date isn't it?

    Lol...i pity the poor guy who's birthday falls on that date xD

  3. Shooting Parrots in the U.K. and Punk Chopsticks in Malaysia (gosh, I have a worldwide audience), I am struck by how much of that map is taken up by the Pacific Ocean. Nearly an entire hemisphere of water!

    And I'm given to understand that it is deep, too. What a few humans do on one of the islands on its surface is rather inconsequential in the overall scheme of things, I suppose.

    Still, I couldn't resist making this post.

  4. If I could have skipped a day in my life, or had two of one day, I wonder what day I would choose...

  5. Bob, my concern is not whether Samoa is missing a day or not, but that you are reading such dubious reading matter. x

  6. Light Expectations, so many choices, so little time....

    Elizabeth, I presume -- correct me if I'm wrong -- that it is not the content but the source that you find dubious. Not to worry. I do not read The Christian Science Monitor nor anything else having to do with Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy and certainly do not follow that group's beliefs. Here in the U.S., though, that newspaper (published in Boston, I think) is deemed creditable as a source for news events and respected for its editorial policy, much in the way The Wall Street Journal id deemed creditable as a source of financial information.

  7. I too have not figured out how losing a day makes for better trade in China! Perhaps if I were Samoan! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  8. Theanne, happy new year to you and to Baron! (I have never wished a dog a happy new year before....)

  9. Samoa now shares all five working days with there nearest neighbors which is why it was done I have read....everyone who was to work Friday was also paid for the day that didn't exist. That,I believe, is a wonderful idea....