In a real-world example of the butterfly effect, over two dozen European countries are having to tweak their clocks to make up for lost time.

Over a decade ago, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Despite now being recognized as an independent country by hundreds of countries, Serbia disagrees. That’s why Serbians in Kosovo aren’t paying their power bill. Europe’s power grid is fed by multiple countries and if one nation fails to put in its fair share, the system becomes unbalanced. Without Kosovo’s power, the grid is deviating from its normal 50 Hertz frequency. And electric clocks have slowed down by as much as 6 minutes.

Kosovo has agreed to contribute back to the power grid but it’ll take a while before everyone is on time for work again.


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