The bizarre world of time zones

Interactive time zone map from the BBCBBC News pulls out all the stops for a fascinating, in-depth look at the often strange world of time zones. Exploring how Something that should be relatively simple – splitting the world into 24 equal areas – is complicated by politics, religion, social history and geography.

The feature has a spinnable 3D globe showing time zones. Dotted around this map are links to various videos and articles on some of the absurdities, arguments and issues arising from the quirkiness of these boundaries.

My favourite: Honolulu and parts of Kiribati are on the same line of longitude and have the same time, but because of the obscure date-line boundary have a different date.


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