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Five Facts About Daylight Saving Time


  1. The time doesn't change after 12:59 A.M. Ever lie awake on Daylight Saving Time eve to watch your phone turn from 12.59 a.m. back to 12:00 a.m. again. Only it doesn't turn to 12:00 a.m., instead it turns to 1:00 a.m. like normal. So you think,“huh that's weird, this must be caused by the Santa Clause principle”. Logically surmising that like Santa Clause, the magic of daylight savings can’t happen if you are awake; you promptly fall asleep and magically the next day you either gained or lost an hour of sleep. It turns out the time doesn't change at 12:59 A.M., insted It changes at 2:59 A.M. Why does the hour of the random 2am repete, instead of the more logical 12am? It has to do with railroads. During world war one when daylights savings was first implemented 2am had the least amount of railroad traffic, thus the smallest impact on scheduling.  

  2. Benjamin Franklin Invented DST: Poor Richard’s Farm loves us some Benjamin Franklin as our name is patialy an homage to the great statesman and prolific inventor. One Of his more controversial inventions was the concept of daylight savings time. In 1784 he penned a satirical letter to the Journal of Paris stating that persians would be better off aligning their clocks with the rising and setting of the sun. He suggested that if the citizenry has trouble adjusting to: “let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually.” 

  3. Not everyone in the United States observes DST:  Both Haawwii and Arizona (except for the Navajo nation) do not observe DST. The same goes for Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

  4. Farmers never wanted Daylight saving time: Many people believe that daylight savings time was created to somehow benefits farmers. When it was first implemented during WWI some of it’s fiercest critics were farmers. After the war they demanded an end to Daylight savings time claiming it only benefited a cosmopolitan workforce.  A writer for the Literary Digest said, “The farmer objects to doing his early chores in the dark merely so that his city brother, who is sound asleep at the time, may enjoy a daylight motor ride at eight in the evening.”  

  5. It was not always Called Daylight Saving time: Before it became federally mandated in the 1960s, dayling saving time was enacted for brief periods during the U.S. involvement in the World Wars. During WWI it was commonly known as “fast time,” and during WWII it was referred to as “war time.”

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