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TGIS? Samoa skips Friday to move acros the dateline
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« on: January 13, 2012, 09:24:52 PM »

Samoa announced earlier in 2011 that it would switch from being on one side of the International Dateline to the other, putting itself in the world’s earliest time zone instead of the latest.

To achieve this change, Samoa had to lose a day.  Friday was canceled, as is the date of Dec. 30, 2011. Thank Goodness it's Saturday!

Being on the east side of the date line for over a century helped Samoa do business with the U.S. But it is now more convenient for the small country to be on the other side of the line for its trading with New Zealand and Australia.

American Samoa, a nearby U.S. territory, will not be part of the switch. In 2012 tourists will be able to experience a day two times if they spend one day in Samoa then the next in American Samoa. Not bad for a tropical vacation.

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