Originally posted by moonbus
In the Soviet Union, all train schedules were posted in Moscow time. Don't know whether this is still the case. Doesn't that solve the time zone problem? Just declare all times to be the same as some arbitrary fixed one. Greenwich anyone?
That would work if everyone decided to sleep at the same time, go to work at the same time regardless of daylight or nightime. We usually sleep when the sun goes down, at night. Not many people can get used to sleeping in the daytime hours.
The rich get rich, the poor get poorer if that were the case. Around London, with GMT, everyone is normal. The further away the closer you get to permanently sleeping in the daytime and your health would suffer.
Here on the east coast of US, we would have to go to bed at 3 PM while Londoners went to bed at 8 PM or so. Or 4 PM vs 9 PM say. Then the US is up at 11 PM or midnight and have to work through the night. That is only 5 hours difference. It would really mess with our circadian rhythms.