I imagine some of you were quite surprised to read in my last column that I had crossed the International Date Line — that imaginary line I said we crossed on our Thousand Island cruise while going from U.S. waters into Canadian waters.
Well, of course, it was the International Boundary Line we crossed. The International Date Line is nowhere near us! I thank Mary O’Brien for the phone call and correction. She said it was somewhere over in the Indies.
My curiosity up, I went online and Googled it and rediscovered that the International Date Line is “an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth running from the North Pole to the South Pole and demarcates one calendar day from the next. It passes through the Pacific Ocean roughly following the 180 degree longitude but deviates around some territories and island groups.”
So there you have it; it’s one of those things you learn in school a long time ago that doesn’t necessarily stick in your mind as to the exact purpose and location. But I won’t forget it any time soon. How about you?
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