Weird World News: Time for change as Samoa ditches a day; guide 123 years overdue present in Britain; and Chinese opt for year-end pillow fights

PHUKET: New Year is all the time a time of reflection. To solid out the outdated and usher within the new. This week’s Weird World News contains a trio of time-related happenings from around the world.
Samoa skips forward a day … so lengthy Friday, December 30
THE South Pacific island nation of Samoa has scrapped its time-zone alliance with the United States and jumped 24 hours into the lengthy run.
This means Friday, December 30, is not going to exist this yr for Samoans; it has been struck from the calender, deleted from history, gone, gone … by no means happened.
By shifting a full day forward in time, Samoa will now share a time-zone alliance with Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
On New Year’s Eve, Samoa may have side-stepped the worldwide longitude dateline, which runs by way of the Pacific, in a move that the country’s Prime Minter reportedly stated would have commerce advantages for Samoa.
“It will take away the big amount of confusion in our travel times for the Samoans and especially for the tourists who come to Samoa, who hold thinking of the New Zealand and Australian time zones,” he told Reuters.
Church bells will ring and carol companies will be held to sign the changeover.
Samoa, with a inhabitants of one hundred eighty,000 individuals, formerly used the same time zone as New Zealand and Australia, but skipped again a day in time in 1892, siding with the US time-zone alliance.
Resolutions 2012: Time to return that overdue e-book … after 123 years
THE book Good Words has been on mortgage for 123 years and has racked up greater than 238,000 baht in fines.
The e-book, by Donald Macleod, was discovered by the side of a fireplace at mansion in the Lake District Village of Troutbeck.
It was borrowed from the native library by proprietor of Townend House, George Browne and his family.
The home is now owned by the National Trust and is the place the e-book was discovered, sitting alongside the Browne family’s in depth 1,500 book collection.
But Good Words was not the Browne’s property and should have as a substitute had its place within the native library.
Staff on the library said the book could stay with the National Trust, though it was a “bit naughty” of the late Mr Browne to not have returned the e-book.
The Mirror reported that a 10,152 baht fine was due on two books borrowed by US first president George Washington from a New York library in 1789 and located 210 years later.
Chinese use pillow fights to loosen up
IF YOUR boss is getting in your nerves, then why not strive writing their title on a pillow after which hitting it repeatedly. That’s what Shanghai locals are doing.
Class full was staged earlier this week, with the only purpose of letting individuals unwind by pummeling strangers and pals with pillows.
The fifth-annual event acquired a huge turnout from stressed-out office workers this year, intent on spending two nights attending to grips with some uncooked emotion and fighting, with delicate pillows.
Founder of the event, Eleven Wang, informed Reuters news company: “Nowadays there are heaps of white collar workers and college students that are facing big pressures at work and in school, so we hope to give them an outlet to release their stress before the tip of the yr.
“After releasing the stress, we will once once more face our daily life with pleasure.”

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