Five Fun Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 03/09/2008 - 3:37pm.

We lost an hour sleep but we'll get over it.  If you forgot to set your clock ahead, you'll just be an hour late for everything.  Do it now so the kids won't be late for school and you won't be late for work!

1. Contrary to popular belief, DST was not invented by Benjamin Franklin, although he did satirically and anonymously propose the idea to Parisians 1784. Eventually proposed and lobbied for by an Englishman, William Wilmett, in 1905, it was actually the Germans and their WWI allies that began using it first. The US was the last to follow suit.

2. Apparently, the correct terminology is "Daylight Saving Time", not Daylight SavingS Time, as we've been happily calling it all these years.

3. Hawaii, Arizona, Puerto Rico and some other warm places don't observe DST because, well, they're just so darn sunny all the time.

4. DST causes a 5% reduction in crashes fatal to pedestrians, so for the next 6 months, it's officially 5% safer for you to cross the road without looking both ways. (But you didn't hear it from us.)

5. And lastly, Daylight Saving Time means that we can finally enjoy after-work drinks while it's still light out, giving all office drones, far and wide, one more happy hour in which to get drunk.

On that note: Cheers! And Happy Daylight Saving Time!


Verena von Pfetten - March 8, 2008 - posted at
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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 03/09/2008 - 3:37pm.