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Old 04-13-2018, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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We were discussing what time it was at our different offices at work today, and so I looked up a map with all the different time zones in it, and I noticed that all the time zones were a couple of hours ahead, or behind except for a small amount that were that time plus a half hour ahead. Example my current time was 8:30 other time zones were reading 9:30, 5:30 etc...while there were two places that gave the time as 10:00, or 5:00. Any reason for the extra half hour even though places near by don't have it?
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:36 PM
 
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:23 AM
 
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A geographical oddity in the United States: Eastern Oregon is only one hour behind the Florida Panhandle.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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The short answer is that the decisions made by nations' leaders many decades ago was largely political.

Just look at India as an example. India is currently 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of UTC (Greenwich meantime).

Yet, China chooses to have 1 timezone due to the Communist takeover in 1949 for a very large country, disregarding its less populous western portion. Prior to that timeframe, China had 5 official time zones.

I noticed such oddities when I traveled to many countries and I read up on the why.
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Old 04-23-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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There's been talk in the past to just get rid of all time zones all together:

Andrew Coyne: Forget the daylight savings time debate, we need to get rid of time zones altogether

Time to Dump Time Zones

The radical plan to destroy time zones
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:07 AM
 
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The short answer is that the decisions made by nations' leaders many decades ago was largely political.

Just look at India as an example. India is currently 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of UTC (Greenwich meantime).

Yet, China chooses to have 1 timezone due to the Communist takeover in 1949 for a very large country, disregarding its less populous western portion. Prior to that timeframe, China had 5 official time zones.

I noticed such oddities when I traveled to many countries and I read up on the why.
In the case of India, it's really not THAT wide - equivalent to around 2 time zones - and the hassle given the large population density isn't worth it.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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A geographical oddity in the United States: Eastern Oregon is only one hour behind the Florida Panhandle.
Not so much a geographical oddity, but rather, a regulatory or perhaps legal peculiarity.

But wrap your noodle around this: on Sunday, November 4, 2018, it was 2:00 AM in both the Florida Panhandle and in an eastern part of Oregon. Since 2007, it's happened every year, on the first Sunday in November.
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