World standard time should be based on Mecca and not Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) because:
Posted by lagbnaft 11 years ago, closed 11 years ago
In Greenwich, the magnetic field of Earth is 8.5 degrees, whereas in Mecca the magnetic field is zero.
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It has been proven that there is a certain discrepancy if we calculate it according to Greenwich. This discrepancy has been estimated as 8.5 minutes between the northern and southern hemispheres.
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It will make air traffic safer.
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Basing time on GMT prevents people who live very near the poles from visiting Mecca.
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Other.
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SpearmintFur: The magnetic field at Mecca is zero? You sure it isn't a Muslim rumor, like how they said Neil Armstrong converted to Islam when he landed on the moon?  
 
If it is, dang.  
 
Personally though, time is a human invention so it really shouldn't matter too much where we base it.
lagbnaft: Champ, here's what prompted me to post this faux poll.  
 
Egyptian Researcher Dr. Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyed Explains the "Science" behind His Demand to Abolish Greenwich Mean Time and Replace It with Mecca Time  
 
This guy's a real... well... let's just say he's a different kinda guy and leave it at that.
SpearmintFur: Eh, it wouldn't really matter. I mean, we could base the timeline at Greenich or Timuktu. Heck, the Swatch people had their own "internet time" watch thing for a while where standard time was based at their HQ in Switzerland.  
 
The point is that despite the fact that this scientist is one of those Muslims who thinks stuff like Neil Amstrong is a Muslim or the like, it really doesn't matter where we base our time as time is pretty much a human invention.  
 
Still an interesting post lag and a likewise interesting poll.
FoolProof: Just tell him to give up. The English won. That's how it is and that's how it's gonna be.  
 
Just like the standard measurement system in America. It might not be right, but it's the system that won out here.
FoolProof: Same for those goofy maps where everything is turned upside down and Australia is in the uppermost hemisphere.