Stop the presses. Japan has been moved south.
I don’t know when it happened but I found out only this morning, so in my blog universe this is breaking news. Who said journalism is dead?
Scientific discoveries are often serendipitous and so it is with this one. A Canadian golfer who studied actuarial mathematics, Corey Conners, was in the top five at the end of the third round of the Zozo Championship being held right now — allowing for time-zone silliness — in Japan. Rain (9 inches thereof) washed out one day altogether, so tournament organizers split the last round of 18 into two 9-round sessions. One was held last night (or tomorrow, or next Wednesday or something) and the other will be held today/tonight/last-year-or-something.
Anyway, with Conners in the hunt, we were paying attention despite the time-zone challenges. Although PGA events usually run to finish at 6 PM Eastern Time, this tournament has to be finished before 4:30 PM local (don’t ask what time or day that is here I DON’T KNOW) because it gets dark. This I have from the Big Guy who pays better attention.
When I can, I like to show my knowledge of how the world works.
Well, sure it gets dark earlier.
They’re a long way north of us.
Um, not so much. Well, not anymore. Japan’s archipelago now extends from about 20° N to 45°N. Or, in human terms, from roughly Mexico City to Ottawa. Tokyo is now at about the same latitude as San Francisco, give or take a few degrees.
I dunno. It seems to me that news like this should have been, well, news. Maybe journalism is dead.