Change Your Clocks this Weekend!

November 2, 2007

For some of us, this will be the first weekend in months that our automobile clocks will finally be correct! Why do they make those damn things so hard to reset anyways?

Here’s a test, do we gain or lose an hour this weekend?

Not sure? Here’s a simple phrase to help you remember,”You Fall back, then Spring forward.” That means that during the Fall, you get to redo 12:00a - 12:59a. That’s extra sleep … yeah!

So where did Daylight Savings Time come from, and why do we do it? Well, the idea is that by having more afternoon daylight people would use less energy. But studies show this is not the case.

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“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, while an envoy to France, satirically noted that the Parisians could save candles by waking earlier in the day to take advantage of the natural sunlight. He even joked that shutters should be taxed, cannons fired, and church bells rung to help cajole the Parisian out of bed. After all, it was Franklin who said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Interestingly many countries, and even some states within the United States, have either abandoned the practice or never adopted it in the first place. Check out the map bellow. All of the areas marked in blue currently use DST, whereas the areas marked in red never have. The areas marked in orange no longer use DST.

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I personally don’t think Daylight Savings Time is necessary, but I’m curious what the rest of you think? If you have an opinion on Daylight Savings Time, share it in the comments section bellow .

To read more on Daylight Savings Time click here.

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