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As The World Turns December 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People.
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Arvik’s post, 2010 Summation, got me thinking about the start of the New Year . . . all around the globe. 

As Arvik pointed out:

The funny thing about the New Year is that you could start the calendar from any point you want.

Despite that, countries all around the globe celebrate the start of the New Year tonight:

The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on 1 January, continuing the practice of the Roman calendar. There are numerous calendars that remain in regional use that calculate the New Year individually.  [Wikipedia, New Year]

Much of the world is ending the period referred to as “2010″ and beginning the period referred to as “2011.”

For the Northern Hemisphere, it’s Winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s Summer.

But South Africans and North Americans both celebrate the beginning of the New Year on the same day.

If we turn on the TV tonight, we’ll see camera crews moving around the globe welcoming in the New Year, time zone by time zone, “as the world turns.”

Because of the division of the globe into time zones, the new year moves progressively around the globe as the start of the day ushers in the New Year. The first time zone to usher in the New Year is just west of the International Date Line. At that time the time zone to the east of the Date Line is 23 hours behind, still in the previous day.

The central Pacific Ocean island nation of Kiribati claims that its easternmost landmass, uninhabited Caroline Island, is the first to usher in the New Year. [Wikipedia, New Year]

Despite different seasons, languages, cultures, and religions, much of humanity actually agreed on something!

It’s a start.

Related article:  All Around the World, Partiers Usher in 2011

Last Chance . . . Time Is Running Out! December 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor.
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170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02I opened my in-box this morning and found it filled with urgent messages:

Last chance!

Midnight tonight is the deadline!

Help us reach our goal . . .

Today’s the last day!

Take advantage of our special year-end offer.

Give today.

Only a few hours left.

Join us before time runs out. 

Hmm . . .

Maybe they’ve got a point.  Maybe I should adopt a similar approach:

Last chance to subscribe in 2010!

Time is running out!

Join Spirit Lights The Way today!