If you’re reading this article on Friday, the 30th of December, 2011, give thought to the poor people of Samoa who will never see this day.

In fact, they’re shifting straight from Thursday the 29th to Saturday the 31st. The island’s sun-swept sand beaches will never see dawn on the 30th of December. The clocks will change from 11:59pm on the 29th to 12:01am on the 31st in a mere two minutes. Imagine going to sleep on Thursday and waking up on Saturday (and alcohol is not involved in the slightest).

But why?

I’ll tell you why. China is why.

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