After accepting bad advice nearly 120 years ago from an American trader, this South Pacific nation is taking a major step to improve its economy. (And in a nice slight of hand I wouldn’t mind experiencing, all Samoans who were supposed to get paid that day will still be paid for a day that didn’t exist …) Via Herald Sun:
On Thursday night, it will be December 29 when they go to bed and Saturday Dec 31 when they wake up — meaning they’ll skip Friday forever.
This neat bit of time travel is the result of a very contemporary concern: trade and economic relations with Pacific neighbors Australia and New Zealand, who are currently nearly a day ahead on the clock. Now, with the disappearance of Friday, Samoa will shift west of the international dateline and share the same date and time as its two key partners.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi explained: “In doing business (now) with New Zealand and Australia we’re losing out on two working days a week,” the London Times reported. “While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand and when we’re at church Sunday, they’re already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane.”
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