As if Bolivia was not backwards already.
Some creative government officials have decided that Bolivian clocks should run counter-clockwise. Their reckoning is that the design of a clock was originally based on a sundial, which in the Southern Hemisphere runs counter-clockwise (clockwise in the north). There’s also a lot of rhetoric about “recovering Bolivian identity”, “building a new world, returning to the new path”, and the “ideological intention of breaking hegemony from the north” (USA I assume). This change is apparently a logical progression given the world is divided into two hemispheres. Never mind the fact that many Bolivians don’t know where Australia is.
The obvious downside is that there will be a lot of confusion about what time it is. Even those that are aware of the new system will no doubt struggle to read clocks in the complete opposite way that they have been accustomed to their whole entire life. On the flip side, it will create a timeless excuse for the Bolivian tendency to be late for absolutely everything.
The Palacio Legislativo in Plaza Murillo supposedly already changed their clocks since the summer solstice last weekend. Tax payers need not despair, as this was kindly done for free by a group of volunteer “scientists”.