Wednesday, May 20, 2009

One Way In Which England May Be Cooler Than The U.S.

England has one time zone. America has 4 - more if you bust out of the lower 48. This presents some challenges to business. It presents more pressing challenges to television viewers - especially west coast viewers of live shows. Because we just GOTTA do everything for the east coast. God forbid they be required to stay up late (for anything aside from Monday Night Football).

If you love TV and you love your computer, then you're super screwed during tape-delayed life events.

In England, they can do the performance and results of a competition on . . . wait for it . . . the SAME NIGHT. Because they have one time zone (and four channels). It's a brilliant system.

England:
Downside - easily invaded by a number of other countries.
Upside - easy to enjoy collective TV viewing experience.

5 comments:

choffee said...

If California declared independence and took up Spanish as your national language then you too could be much more like Britian. The advantage of being part of Europe is that we don't speak the same language so we don't watch each others TV.

Bethany Fischer said...

The continental 48 has 4 times zones (Easter, Central, Moutnain, and Pacific). It's a three hour time change between CA and NY, but there's 4 zones.

Bethany Fischer said...

Sorry...EasterN, not Easter...

cd said...

Right. I'm dumb - you got me! Will amend! :)

Anonymous said...

The Laker game tonight will not start until after 9:00 p.m. on the East Coast, so like all playoff games, little kids won't be allowed to stay up and watch the games. Live shows are similar, generally starting at around 9:00 pm on the east coast, so no younger people ever get to watch them.