Friday, March 11, 2011
Daylight Savings Time ~ Why Do We Spring Ahead?
OK ~ I have to admit it ~ I DO NOT like to "spring forward" for Daylight Savings Time! I much prefer to "fall behind" when I can gain an hour's sleep. But for those of you who also value your warm, kooshie, snuggly, cozy bed like I do, here's why we do what we do (courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac):
"[All states change their clocks for Daylight Savings time] except Arizona, Hawaii, [& the U.S. Colonies of] Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands & American Samoa. Credit for Daylight Savings Time goes to Benjamin Franklin, who 1st suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight. The Germans were the 1st to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during WWI. The British switched 1 year later, & the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our Time Zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was appealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks). During WWII, Daylight Savings Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel."
Don't forget to set your clocks FORWARD before you go to bed on Saturday night . . . we don't want to be late going to church on Sunday, do we?!
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><