As Samoa Island officials prepare to wake up from a national time travel experiment that effectively cancelled today December 30, a group of 775 Samoans are refusing to budge. These so-called “Birthday Protestors,” are vowing to celebrate and even remain in December 30 forever if need be.
“It’s my birthday! You can’t just cancel my birthday!” writes Samoan Birthday Protestor Karl Mayne, leader of the protestors. “I had a traditional Samoan slap dance and wrestling match planned. Besides what if everybody wakes up on December 31 and now I don’t exist? What then?”
Recall that Samoa, in a move designed to simplify relations with key trading partners Australia and New Zealand, is leaping forward as we speak, to December 31 – New Year’s Eve – at the stroke of midnight tonight. Friday December 30 December 2011 will simply not exist.
However 775 people born on this day, fearing a time paradox that could result in a massive un-birthday, are refusing to go to sleep, despite the temporal risks.
While Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is speaking out against the protest, warning the Birthday Protestors against the dangers of being stuck in a so-called “lost day” forever.
“If you do not take the pill and join us by midnight, you will be left behind for ever and never see your families again.”
The Birthday Protestors do not appear worried.
“Who cares if I get stuck forever in a so-called lost day,” says Karl. “Then every day will just be my birthday! How wicked is that?”
Prime Minister TSM has reportedly invited Samoan national Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to help wrestle the Birthday Protestors into tomorrow.
For more than a century Samoa has been one of the last places to see the sun go down each day. The dateline switch means it will become one of the first to see the sun rise on New Year’s Day, and every day.