Friday, March 28, 2003

FEELING TOO HAPPY? Here's something to bring you right down from the "World Briefing" section of the New York Times:

Clocks in Israel were moved ahead one hour this morning for the country's version of daylight saving time. But clocks in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip stayed in standard time. Since 1987, the Palestinians have refused to change their clocks at the same time as the Israelis.

An old item at the Darwin Times says that this issue actually came up in 1999, when "Israel insisted on a premature switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time to accommodate a week of pre-sunrise prayers." (According to WebExhibits, the Israels decide each year when they'll make their change.) "Palestinians refused to live on 'Zionist Time.' Two weeks of scheduling havoc ensued..."

The Middle East is so fucked, we can't even get these guys to agree what time it is.

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