Springing Into Daylight Savings Time

Springing Into Daylight Savings Time

This Sunday, March 9, marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time--which means all you folks need to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night, lest you show up for work an hour late on Monday, or miss important appointments! But why DO we have this annoying ritual of "springing" clocks ahead in the spring and "falling" them back in the autumn? Ah, that's an itchy question...   Most folks reckon that DST was due to American farmers from my generation who needed an extra hour of daylight to work their fields. The real deal is that a gentleman from New Zealand named George Vernon Hudson proposed the practice so that he would have more daylight to collect insects (he was an entomologist, and a rather selfish sounding fellow in my opinion!) An Englishman named William Willett advocated DST in Great Britain because he was an avid golfer and the extra hour would give him more time to hit the links!   DST didn't become officially adopted until 1916, when Germany and its WWI allies implemented it to conserve coal during wartime. And it didn't truly catch one in the U.S. until the energy crisis of the 1970s.   The irony is that although we appear to be "gaining" an hour of daylight starting this weekend, we're really losing an hour from changing the clock...an hour that ol' Jacob here could be using to manufacture more American made housewares for you folks...or catching some ZZZZZs! I guess I'll have to wait until October for that!

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