As if North Korea weren't backwards enough, the Hermit Kingdom's about to literally go back in time.
The aggressive and insular nation's government announced Friday it plans to establish a special North Korean time zone -- or “Pyongyang time” -- and effectively turn clocks by 30 minutes, according to a report by The New York Times. Specifically, when the change takes effect August 15th, North Korea's clocks will be set a half hour behind those in South Korea and Japan. They'll also recognize 140 fewer calendar days because they're relocating to Venus, too. Or something like that.
Like with most things North Korea, the move was inspired by a grudge -- in this case, against Japan, which set the current time standard of nine hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time, or JST. In fact, the date of the change marks 70 years since the Korean Peninsula was released from Japanese rule, when Japan was defeated in World War II, according to the report.
"The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5 000 year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation," North Korean's government-run KCNA reported on Friday, according to CNN.
It’s also worth noting that while it’s 2015 everywhere else in the world, it’s only the year 104 in North Korea — or the number of years since the nation’s founder, Kim Il-sung, was born. Maybe it’s time they just abandon time entirely?
North Korean officials also have not yet revealed whether Kim Jong Un will go all Hook and force children to smash Japanese clocks to celebrate the time shift.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wonders why they haven't just done away with the concept of time entirely. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.