North Korea Creating Their Own Time Zone
North Korea is going back in time!
Not exactly, but the country responsible for "The Interview" did announce recently that it will be creating its own time zone effective Saturday by setting all clocks in the country back by 30 minutes. The change will put the standard time in North Korea at GMT+8:30, 30 minutes behind South Korea which, like Japan, is at GMT+9:00.
GMT is Greenwich Mean Time, which sets the world standard, and is based in the United Kingdom and western Europe. Iowa is GMT-5:00, or five hours earlier than GMT, but maybe if we wanted to distinguish ourselves from Minnesota, Illinois or Wisconsin we could change to 30 minutes off too.
The new time zone will be known as “Pyongyang Time“ and is being initiated in honor of the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Japan’s imperial rule. Actually reinitiated, because it was GMT+8:30 until 1912.
History buffs already know that August 1945 was a bad month for Japan -- if you aren't a history buff, like I am apparently, well you should trust me, it was -- and this act by North Korea is one part egomania and one part piling on.
“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land,“ North Korea’s official news agency said in a statement.