Some people love New Year’s so much they’d gladly celebrate it over and over again. Interestingly enough, it’s possible to ring in the New Year from the same exact spot you’re standing in, in certain parts of the world. In fact, you can even pop champagne three times over thanks to more than 20 locations around the world where three different time zones converge.
How did time zones begin in the first place? Invented by Italian mathematician Quirico Filopanti in his 1858 book Miranda, it was proposed that the world be divided into 24 different areas along meridians, each differing from the other by one hour. That has bloomed into 39 different time zones, with modifications by some countries to follow their borders. Add in daylight savings time, and you can see how things can get complicated.
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