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

PHUKET: New Year is at all times a time of reflection. To forged out the outdated and usher in the new. This week’s Weird World News features a trio of time-related happenings from around the world.
Samoa skips ahead 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 12 months for Samoans; it has been struck from the calender, deleted from history, gone, gone … by no means occurred.
By transferring 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 international longitude dateline, which runs through the Pacific, in a transfer that the country’s Prime Minter reportedly said would have trade advantages for Samoa.
“It will remove the big quantity of confusion in our journey occasions for the Samoans and especially for the vacationers who come to Samoa, who keep pondering of the New Zealand and Australian time zones,” he informed Reuters.
Church bells will ring and carol companies shall be held to sign the changeover.
Samoa, with a inhabitants of a hundred and eighty,000 people, formerly used the identical time zone as New Zealand and Australia, however skipped again a day in time in 1892, siding with the US time-zone alliance.
Backed : Time to return that overdue 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 owner of Townend House, George Browne and his household.
The house is now owned by the National Trust and is where the book was found, sitting alongside the Browne family’s in depth 1,500 e-book assortment.
But Good Words was not the Browne’s property and may have instead had its place within the native library.
Staff on the library stated the book could stay with the National Trust, although it was a “bit naughty” of the late Mr Browne not to have returned the guide.
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 relax
IF YOUR boss is getting in your nerves, then why not try writing their identify on a pillow and then hitting it repeatedly. That’s what Shanghai locals are doing.
A large pillow battle was staged earlier this week, with the only real objective of letting individuals unwind by pummeling strangers and friends with pillows.
The fifth-annual event acquired an enormous turnout from stressed-out office workers this year, intent on spending two nights attending to grips with some uncooked emotion and combating, with gentle pillows.
Founder of the occasion, Eleven Wang, advised Reuters information agency: “Nowadays there are many white collar employees and students which are going through big pressures at work and at school, so we hope to provide them an outlet to launch their stress before the tip of the year.
“After releasing the stress, we will as quickly as once more face our daily life with pleasure.”

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