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The Navajo and Hopi reservation part reminded me of the WonderWhy video about Enclaves and Exclaves. XD

Sideways Sword Fish

Even better, we should all move to UTC (also called GMT)! Go to any airport in the world and all the operations people are habituated into thinking and working in this time reference and it doesn't take long to adjust. It would get rid of time zones altogether, which in an increasingly globally interconnected world would make a great deal of sense. Of course daylight hours would be different in different places, but the sun rising at, say, 07.00 in one place and 23.00 in another merely reflects the reality of nature. It is only convention that makes us associate times before 12.00 with the name 'morning' and times after 12.00 with the name 'afternoon'. Why can't 'morning' be the time before 13.00 or 14,00 or whenever, according to where you are? So, why change our habits of thought in this way? - To align our habits of thought more closely with reality, which is almost always beneficial. If this proposal sounds absurd, consider the case of longitude. There is no reason whatsoever why each country shouldn't define 0 degrees longitude as some location within its own borders. It would be perfectly practical, and all maps would still be usable by everyone, providing, of course, that you knew where the map came from. And so we would know, for example, that 0 degrees on a German map was the same as, say, 15 degrees on a British map. Thus, a German when using a British map, but wanting to think in German units would do the appropriate subtraction, and a Brit when using a German map, but wanting to think in British units would do the appropriate addition. This is precisely what we do with time, so why not maps too? If this is judged to be an unhelpfully complex system likely to cause confusion, then so are time zones! 


When I lived in Brazil (in the capital Brasilia) I didn't quite understood the DST, just because the difference in daylight between summer and winter was something like 1 hour more or less. But now living in The Netherlands, I think DST is AWESOME, let me explain: In The Netherlands our standard time is UCT+1 (thanks to Germany), summer with DST: at 5 am you begin to see some light, at 6 am is already sunny. In the evening, the sun goes down at 10 pm. Well, without DST, you'll need to wear sun glasses at 5 am!!! I rather have a hour extra in the evening than waking up a 4 am because of the sun light. And as I said above, we are on UCT+1 because of the Germans, because the old Dutch time was UCT +0:20 (yeah, 20 minutes), if we kept this timezone after the WWII, by now days we would be in the UCT time zone, to keep things simple... UCT without DST... = Shinning sun at 4 am . And for me, I really didn't even noticed that last weekend the time c*... I realized at Monday when I heard some friends complaining about it... But, I think it's more psychology than a real thing. 

Renato Laporte

Please do a video on timezones. They are incredibly confusing, why aren't they just straight lines?

Mattias Bengtsson

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