[tz] ICANN contacts Egyptian government about recent last-minute clock change

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sun Jul 24 07:39:34 UTC 2016

On 07/24/2016 03:54 AM, Arthur David Olson wrote:
> The time zone cabal dates to 1989

That's just the current incarnation. Previous editions of the cabal go 
back way before that. Here's a quote from a scholarly paper on 
timekeeping in ancient Mesopotamia:

"It seems that this populace lived at least from the inception of 
writing with a reality-distorting system of timekeeping, which is a by 
no means surprising development."

Englund KR. Administrative timekeeping in ancient Mesopotamia. J Econ 
Soc Hist Orient 31, 2 (1988), 121-85. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3632096

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