Yeah, "Paris, London, Tokyo" sounds more traditional, but it makes me feel comfortably akin to Bugs Bunny because I have spoken in Albuquerque, Saskatoon and Cucamunga (well, Rancho Cucamonga, but God and Bugs Bunny know that's not as funny). In winter, Saskatoon will be different. Daylight Savings Time is a topic I don't like to discuss.
I hope you find some things here that you didn't know before, so that you feel your time was well spent. Time is money (or at least we talk about it as though it can be spent, saved, lost, wasted and stolen). Be generous with your time and use it joyfully!
Canada has six time zones—Newfoundland is half an hour before Atlantic Standard. The area is so northerly that the latitudes aren't far apart. Their time zones are somewhat more political than geographical and because the observation of Daylight Savings Time is spotty, so you just have to see the maps to know what's what in winter or summer.
Here is a map showing time zones all over the world. You can click an area for more detail. Surely there are stories about every bit of every line in there. World Time Zone
Good if you call or chat online with distant friends:
Putting Time in Perspective Several timelines (American point of view on some) to show how short the present is.
Gregorian Calendar—history of the calendar.
Here's a trivia site on time and measurements, but they might want to be more careful about their wording. "The highest temperature ever recorded in the continental US was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California." Oh huh! My oven was 375 Fahrenheit just yesterday. This is good to know though: "'Fortnight'" is a contraction of 'fourteen nights.' In the US 'two weeks' is more commonly used."
Why was 2000 a leap year?
1. Years divisible exactly by 4 are leap years except
2. Years divisible exactly by 100 are not leap years except
3. Years divisible exactly by 400 are leap years.
Thus 1800 and 1900 were not leap years in the Gregorian calendar by virtue of rule 2 and 2100 will also not be a leap year for the same reason. However 2000 is a leap year as defined in rule 3.
That wording is easier to understand than this:
That the several Years of our Lord, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300, or any other hundredth Years of our Lord, which shall happen in Time to come, except only every fourth hundredth Year of our Lord, whereof the Year of our Lord 2000 shall be the first, shall not be esteemed or taken to be Bissextile or Leap Years, but shall be taken to be common Years, consisting of 365 Days, and no more; and that the Years of our Lord 2000, 2400, 2800, and every other fourth hundred Year of our Lord, from the said Year of our Lord 2000 inclusive, and also all other Years of our Lord, which by the present Supputation are esteemed to be Bissextile or Leap Years, shall for the future, and in all Times to come, be esteemed and taken to be Bissextile or Leap Years, consisting of 366 Days, in the same Sort and Manner as is now used with respect to every fourth Year of our Lord. (British Act of Parliament by George II in 1751)Hmmm... New word they didn't teach me in school. "Bissextile."
"Contrary to what you might think, the word bissextile has nothing to do with issues of sexual orientation or gender!" (More here.)
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that's the time
When February's Days are twenty-nine
from Nursery Rhymes - Lyrics and Origins!