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Leonid Bershidsky

Spain's Time Travel Won't Make People Work Harder

Before turning its clocks back, Spain might want to consider Russia's experience in time travel.

Spain's political leaders, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that moving to a new time zone will make the country's people more productive. They might want to consider Russia's disappointing experiment in chronological manipulation.

The Spaniards are concerned that the sun rises later in their country than in other longitudinally similar places, such as the U.K. Specifically, on Oct. 26, the last day of daylight saving time, the sun will rise at 8 a.m. sharp in Liverpool and at 8:39 in Madrid, though the two cities are almost on the same meridian, 3 degrees west of Greenwich.