If you are standing at the convergence of all the longitudinal lines, what time zone would you be in? Link
I realize no one lives there, but Santa, so it really doesn’t matter (except to my kids). But suppose National Geographic has a base there and someone dies on the base. How does the doctor on board call the time of death if he’s supposed to use local time?
ETA: My apologies if this has been asked before. I tried to search but kept getting this: “Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 71 bytes) in /home/straightdope/boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/search.php”
It’s all very complicated, and National Geographic does different things, but Santa has a very good timekeeping system.
It all depends on where in the plant that the poor elf died. Thankfully, as elves are very long lived, and fairly well kept, it doesn’t happen very long. The confusing part for all of them, however, is arriving to work on time, and properly documenting emergency call response times.
Some elves have as much as a 12 hour commute, as they pass through Toy Central, and happen to pass over the pole to their work location from home. For some reason, it’s been tough to get a full 8 hours out of them during a 24 hour day.
I think you’ll just pick any one time zone that makes sense and stick with it. I have no cite off hand, but I think I’ve read that the base at South Pole follows New Zealand time, because many of the people supporting them are in New Zealand and it makes things easier that way.
To further complicate things: There is no land mass at the North Pole. If you’re standing on the ice at that location, the ice itself is constantly in motion. It’s not like you can stick a big pole into the ice, and that marks the permanent location of the North Pole.
I believe in Santa’s case, the elves work in shifts, repositioning the pole for accuracy, using GPS.
Actually, this is what prompted the original question. My kids were concerned that Santa might step over the international date line, get confused and accidentally deliver the presents a day late. They were pretty stressed about is so I made up a bullshit story that Santa has a special watch with International time (thank you Exapno Mapcase).