Friday, December 30, 2011

Why make this up?

Nothing will take place on Friday, December 30, 2011 in Samoa. Historical records will not exist. Newspaper entries will not record the comings and goings of Samoans on December 30. The Samoans have collectively decided to give the day a miss. They are going to sleep on Thursday, and waking on Saturday. If you are reading this at work, one of the few people in the office, you're probably wondering why you didn't give Friday a miss as well.

If you cannot immediately conjure a mental of image of Samoa, imagine an island nation straddling the international dateline on the wrong side of their largest trading partners, Australia and New Zealand, which limits Samoans to only 4 shopping days per week.

Someone had the bright idea of paying the International Map Line Drawers Association to move the date line a tad to the east so Samoans and their friends would all be on the same day. American Samoa took a pass. They apparently like Fridays.



David said...

Personally I'd scratch Mondays.

The new header photo is super =)

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to wish you, your family and all those who delight in your blog a healthy 2012. (What happiness and prosperity we experience is due partly to us and in part to the fickleness of Providence.)
Looking forward to another year of great posts.
Live long and propser dear Toad.
Ian from way way down there.

Toad said...

Ian, many thanks and best wishes to all our friends down under. I long to visit your fair country someday soon. Mrs. T and I have many friends there.

David, it Tuesday I don't like. The contrarian in me rather looks forward to Monday

EatPlayLove said...

I agree with David, let's put the disappearing act on Mondays! Happy New Year Toad, wishing you all the best in 2012.