Moved by claims that it will help the metabolism
Wh?? Help what metabolism?
and productivity of his fellow citizens, President Hugo Chavez said clocks would be moved forward by half an hour at the start of 2008.
Effectively this means Venezuela will be in its own time zone. No other country in the Americas has a 1/2 hr difference with its neighbors.
He announced the change on his Sunday television program, accompanied by his highest-ranking science adviser, Hector Navarro, the minister of science and technology. “This is about the metabolic effect, where the human brain is conditioned by sunlight,”
Must be that reverse seasonal affective disorder Wikipedia talks about. Since Venezuela’s in the tropics it certainly can’t be because the sunlight is low in winter.
But then, if I had to live under Hugo, I’d be depressed, too.
Mr. Navarro said in comments reported by Venezuela’s official news agency.
Mr. Chavez said he was “certain” that the time change, which would be accompanied by a move to a six-hour workday, would be accepted.
Of course it would be. Not that the Venezuelans have any choice, do they?
(hat tip: Aaron)