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Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - TheQueenMother - 03-22-2017

I didn't realize Time Zones could get so wacky!
An excerpt:
Quote:Most people think that time zones are just stripes of land spreading from the North Pole to the South Pole at regular intervals, but the reality is much more complicated. Time zones usually follow political and historical borders rather than geographical ones, which often leads to shapes and conventions that look completely absurd.

To understand the examples below, note that time zones are defined relative to the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), which, roughly speaking, corresponds to time measured in London, UK (if we ignore Daylight Saving Time). By the way, the abbreviation UTC is yet another historical oddity: English speakers wanted the abbreviation to be CUT, whereas French speakers wanted TUC (“temps universel coordonné”). UTC emerged as a compromise between the two—so it, in fact, does not stand for anything.

For example, Los Angeles is in the UTC−8:00 time zone (often abbreviated as UTC–8), which means that the time there is the time in London minus 8 hours (the “–8:00” part is called the “offset”). Similarly, Tokyo is in the UTC+9:00 (or UTC+9) time zone, so the time there is the time in London plus 9 hours (ignoring Daylight Saving Time).

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the strangest facts about time zones:

Here's the link to the whole article:

https://jakubmarian.com/5-weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-time-zones/



Re: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - VoxClamantis - 03-22-2017


Indiana's time zones are GOOFY! All over the place. I've lived here all my life but for four years, and going from one county to another is an adventure in terms of knowing what time it is. More here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_in_Indiana



Re: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - In His Love - 03-23-2017

Time zones can be pretty confusing. Where I currently live, there is no "turning back the clock"; we simply don't observe daylight saving time. My boyfriend does turn back the clock where he lives. We're either one hour or two hours apart, depending on the time of year.


Re: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - Mark Williams - 04-28-2017

What did we do before we used time zones?


Re: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - PrairieMom - 04-28-2017

(04-28-2017, 02:01 PM)Mark Williams Wrote: What did we do before we used time zones?

Time as not standardized. Noon was local, based on the sun's position. So every town had it's own "time zone". With the advent of railways, there was a need to standardize time, hence the invention of the time zone and Greenwich Mean Time.


Re: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - J Michael - 05-03-2017

(04-28-2017, 02:39 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
(04-28-2017, 02:01 PM)Mark Williams Wrote: What did we do before we used time zones?

Time as not standardized. Noon was local, based on the sun's position. So every town had it's own "time zone". With the advent of railways, there was a need to standardize time, hence the invention of the time zone and Greenwich Mean Time.

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RE: Interesting Facts on Time Zones.... - Bonaventure - 01-25-2018

UTC?  I'll stick with GMT.   :D