NICK EICHER, HOST: OK, you’re probably adjusted to daylight saving time by now. And that’s just a difference of 60 minutes.
In Korea, there’s an adjustment that’s a good bit more complicated.
Take the case of Lee Dong Kil. She gave birth to a baby girl on New Year’s Eve in South Korea. Hours later, the clock struck midnight and her infant daughter turned 2-years-old!
How so? You ask.
It’s a quirky centuries-old standard in the country.
South Korean babies become 1 on the day of their birth and then get an additional year tacked on when the calendar hits January 1st.
A lawmaker is now working now to change that. Many are complaining it’s a time-wasting custom that drags down an otherwise ultramodern nation.
I dunno, I pity the government statisticians who calculate things like life expectancy.
It’s The World and Everything in It.