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Episode 1 - Time Zones

What if time zones weren’t a thing and it was the exact same time everywhere in the world? That’s the question the Thunken Philosofers set out to answer in their introductory episode!

Show Notes:

  • Brief history of Time Zones, who, and where original idea for it came from.
    • History
      • Greenwich Meridian
        • Britain, which already adopted its own standard time system for England, Scotland, and Wales, helped gather international consensus for global time zones in 1884. – 
      • The International Meridian Conference – October 1884 – Washington DC
        • Established Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) as world’s time standard
        • The main factors that favored Greenwich as the site of the prime meridian were:
          • Britain had more shipping and ships using the Greenwich Meridian than the rest of the world put together (at the time). The British Nautical Almanac started these charts in 1767.
          • The Greenwich Observatory produced data of the highest quality for a long time.
      • 1918 Standard Time Act
        • US officially adopted time zones across country
      • 1972 –  Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) replaced GMT as the world’s time standard. 
    • Impact then/impact now.
      • Russia currently has 11 time zones
      • China has one
      • Nepal is the only country with a time zone set to 45 minutes past the hour
      • North Korea
        • On Aug. 15, 2015, North Koreans put their clocks back half an hour to establish their own time zone, “Pyongyang time.” 
        • Less than three years later, the country put their clocks forward half an hour so they are again in the same time zone as South Korea.
    • Hanke-Henry Permanent CalendarFeatured Image
      • Steve Hanke
        • economist with Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow with the CATO Institute think tank
      • Dick Henry
        • professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins
      • designed tofix the inefficiencies of the current one
      • Universal Time!
        • Still based on Coordinated Universal Time
        • Airlines already use Universal Time (Greenwich time)
        • must be local regional “opening and closing” hours for government offices and for businesses.
  • Is it still something we need? What would be the possible implications of removing it, and how could that be put into place?