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do all 24 time zones exist at the same time at the geographic South Pole?

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            I read some information that I find astonishingly hard to believe which I want to gather some objective thoughts on.   Basically, I read that all 24 time zones exist at the same time at the geographic point of the South Pole.  That said, it is the only place on Earth that a person can time travel by simply stepping back into yesterday from today and back into tomorrow.   This is explained by all lines of longitude converge at the exact point at the geographic location of the South Pole.  

            In closing, I do not even pretend to understand what I have just posted.  Hopefully, whoever reads this, will be able to offer translation that I can understand and make sense out of regarding this post.  

            Thanks in advance for any simplified versions which can be offered here.  

            George
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Time zones have no physical existence. They are only man made constructions. They are not even universal (as different people have different definitions of time zones)
They do not all converge at any point.  Consider the time zones of India. Russia does not have time zones.
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>>  the only place on Earth that a person can time travel by simply stepping back into yesterday from today and back into tomorrow.  <<  at the North pole the same is true

but what is the importance? stepping back or forth does not bring you from night into daylight - it stays the same
but you can say you "overstepped" the hour, and even dayline - which is a man made idea, to understand time around the world
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Thank you, everyone, for your shared thoughts, resourceful links, and graphical illustration in response to my question.  Since I am a very visually based learning individual,  the graphical illustration provided by Joe certainly did help to bring simplicity to a rather difficult topic for discussion.  

Thanks again everyone for taking the time to share your viewpoints.  

George
You're welcome, George...I'm glad that the visual was helpful for you. Regards, Joe
Thank you George for the interesting question and very good visual posted by Joe!