Don’t Forget To Fall Back Tonight!

November 1, 2008

Culture

I didn’t realize that other countries suffer through the Daylight Saving Time thing, too. Did our Congress enforce it on you, also? Well, tonight’s the night for us (I’d read that the UK did theirs last weekend).

Daylight Saving Time is dumb, I think. My pal Jean put it best on her blog today:

A Native American, when told the reason for daylight savings time, had this to say:

Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom of a blanket, and have a longer blanket.

LOL! That tickled me.

I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who first came up with the intial idea of DST (the idea of rising earlier, that is). He thought that if we set our clocks to the rising/setting of the sun, we’d save more time and be more productive. Americans ARE the most productive people on earth, but still… it wasn’t until 1905 that the idea got rolling. And it wasn’t the United States that started it, either! This is from Wikipedia:

Germany, its World War I allies, and their occupied zones were the first European nations to use Willett’s invention, starting April 30, 1916. Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. Russia and a few other countries waited until the next year; and the United States adopted it in 1918. Since then, the world has seen many enactments, adjustments, and repeals.

If you just can’t get enough about Daylight Saving Time, or want to inflict your homeschooler with an assignment about it, here is a very cool site I found that tells all about it! Everything you ever wanted to know about Daylight Saving Time RIGHT HERE. LOL Have fun!

[and I’m grateful for the extra hour of sleep I’ll get. I’m still exhausted from the hour we lost last spring…]

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3 Responses to “Don’t Forget To Fall Back Tonight!”

  1. Eric Says:

    Oh gosh! Thanks for the reminder. Time has been but a nuisance to me lately.

  2. Jenny Says:

    Many years ago when our kids were small, we forgot all about falling back. When we got to church the next morning, the place was utterly deserted. It was a weird moment. When the truth finally dawned on us, we went and got donuts. We’ve never forgotten since.

    Now I have a self-setting clock beside my bed (you know … if you unplug it and plug it back in, it sets itself automatically) … only problem is, it thinks daylight savings time was last weekend and it fell back last Saturday night. I’ve been waking up by my cell phone alarm all week rather than try to convice my clock it jumped the gun … and I have the hardest time getting used to the early dark! I’ll be extra tired all week. Bleh.

  3. The Haqg! Says:

    Hear, hear! I hate daylight savings time with a passion. It’s always been nonsense and now its been expanded so we get more of the foolishness.

    If you know of some coalition fighting to get rid of that junk, I’m willing to join.