If you like old movies like I do, you might have seen the 1947 film “The Sin of Harold Diddlebock”, also known as “Mad Wednesday”. Harold Diddlebock was played by silent film comedian Harold Lloyd, in his last screen appearance. The film uses some of Lloyd’s silent film footage in setting up the tale of a man unused to drink, who goes on one heck of a binge, only to wake up with a day lost. It’s kind of like a cleaner version of “The Hangover” in tracing what happened on that mad Wednesday and trying to recover from it. Bad thing to lose a day.
Tomorrow, Samoa loses a day, and they are hoping that’s a good thing. The International Date Line will move so that what used to be known as Western Samoa will lie west of the date line, or 13 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+13). The time change should help them with their trading with Australia and New Zealand.
‘In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we’re losing out on two working days a week,’ (Samoa’s prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi) remarked to government newspaper Sivali. ‘While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand, and when we’re at church on Sunday, they’re already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane.’
American Samoa will remain east of the date line and 11 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-11) (do we not use Greenwich Mean Time or Zulu Time any more?). As far as I can tell, the Midway Islands and the uninhabited islands of Jarvis, Palmyra, and Kingman Reef will also stay in their current time zone.
The linked article above mentions the attraction for tourists celebrating birthdays or wedding anniversaries. Party for a day in Samoa, then take a short flight to American Samoa and party all over again. Just don’t wake up with a large feline in your hotel room.