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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

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A timezone or two to the east
  923 votes / 4%
More than two timezones to the east
  921 votes / 4%
A timezone or two to the west
  1909 votes / 9%
More than two timezones to the west
  1346 votes / 6%
My current timezone is where it's at.
  14375 votes / 68%
I'll explain my complicated answer below.
  1630 votes / 7%
21104 total votes.
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

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  • by Roger W Moore (538166) on Wednesday September 07, 2011 @01:07PM (#37329282) Journal

    I wish our earth would rotate slower. My personal day length is somewhere around 26 hours.

    Don't worry - you are probably just a few million years ahead of the rest of us. Thanks to tidal friction from the moon the earth's rotation is slowing. Days used to be several hours shorter and, in the future will be longer. The rate of increase of a solar day is currently about +1.70 ± 0.05 ms/century [] which is slightly less than the +2.3ms/cy because the polar caps are still rebounding from the last ice age, shrinking the earth's equator and causing the Earth to spin a little faster due to conservation of angular momentum (the same way that ice skaters use to increase their spin rate by pulling in their arms and legs).

    Assuming we maintain an average 2.3 ms/cy (the crust rebound time is only on the order of a few thousand years) in about 313 million years the earth will have a 26 hour day. So hang around for a bit and your problem will be solved!

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.


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