I remember having a “discussion” about the International Date Line with one of my kids one time, where I ended up failing miserably to explain how it was that you could not use this arbitrary human invention to travel through time – no matter how fast your jet plane could repeatedly fly you around the world.
I can’t be sure, now, but I think this discussion took place not long after that kid and I saw a heartbroken Superman doing this:
Well imagine the difficulty I would have had having to explain to my kid today how it is that, despite all my protestations of impossibilities, the tiny nation of Samoa has managed to move itself one full day into the future using that very same arbitrary human invention.
Yes, that’s right boys and girls. When the clock struck midnight on Thursday in Samoa, instead of the day changing to Friday as it has in the past (and as it actually did for the rest of us, just before I started writing this post), in the altered reality of Samoa the day actually changed from Thursday to Saturday – skipping Friday entirely!
Rachel Maddow reported on this amazing event the other night, and wouldn’t you just know there’s a left vs. right angle to the story:
For a more detailed explanation of Samoa’s big move, check out Samoa Decides To Leap International Date Line Into The Future or Samoa time travellers to leap a day into the future.
And just in case anyone (like my kid) is still confused about why the whole Superman-turning-back-time thing can’t work, here’s a few words from the experts:
So there you hav… No wait. What? Math? You gotta understand MATH?!?!
I want ice water.
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