The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts
At first I was just thinking about how charmingly silly it was that Black Friday sales started on Thursday, but then I got lost in a series of Wikipedia articles about calendars, and how cultures that all use the modern Gregorian calendar often divide up the weeks differently from each other, and I read some discussions about what different people mean when they say "this Tuesday" or "next Tuesday." I remembered an article from last year about how Samoa skipped entirely over December 30th by declaring itself to be (once again) on the other side of the International Date Line (American Samoa, about thirty miles away, did not make the change, so they now have different dates from each other). Regular readers of this forum will already be well aware of my feelings about traditional clocks and their misuse, but really, the calendar is just as problematic when it comes to coordinating our activities with people in faraway places.
When Thursday's wearing Friday's skin
The months are like uneven teeth
When Sept is nine and Octo ten
Is Sunday when the week begins?
Days start off at dusk or dawn
And I know I said I'd have this done
Copyright © 2012 by Dave Grossman
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