||[May. 5th, 2008|05:47 am]
It is nearly 6am and I can't get back to sleep.
I've had an email from Fiona that set me thinking about the International Date Line. I have a question...
Would it be possible to to go to an island and buy an apple, then take it by speed boat across the International Date Line to another island and eat it the day before you purchased it?
Yes, but given that the Irrational Date Line is a human concept (I mean, it's not even straight - it bends around various islands for human convenience in a way that has nothing to do with the earth's rotation), neither the apple nor yourself would be affected.
You may well have eaten food the day before it was purchased on your flights to the USA, depending on the timing of the flight, and when they dish up the nosh.
I think it bends around those islands to stop people from winning the local lottery or causing time paradoxes willy nilly.
Hmmm... I think I need more sleep. I'm trying to work this out... Buy apple on the 15th then eat it on the 14th...
i always get traumatized thinking about things that are happening in real time here - let say for instance a celebrity diesfor sake of something inoccuous - and its aleady tomorrow in NZ where i have friends. how does their new report things?! **breaking news this just in*** so and so has JUST died...um yesterday? because they cant say he died today - because its tomorrow there for us but today here. yeah i get boggled. :)
Or, in my current hang over state (a rare and usually avoided situation), could I get drunk today and then by crossing the date line backwards, be ill as a result yesterday? Would this then be a more pleasant experience, get the nasty stuff out the way first and end up being happy and giggly.
My head hurts and I have just thrown up!!! Never again am I mixing chinese food, wine and Baileys!
2008-05-05 09:56 pm (UTC)
I bought my apple tomorrow