"This post may contain affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase through these links, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I do not promote anything I do not believe in or stand behind."
I’m sure you’re aware Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 am is Daylight Savings Time (DTS). You will be “falling back” one hour. Which, in my opinion, is much better than “springing forward”. This way we get an “extra” hour to sleep, or in my case, an extra cup of coffee while getting ready for church 🙂
There may be affiliate links in this post.
1. This is technically the 101st anniversary of DST. Germany was the first country to officially implement it as a war measure in 1916.
2. Newfoundland had a two-hour DST jump in 1988. They didn’t do this again. They found it put them too much ahead of the rest of the country.
3. Egypt had four daylight savings time changes in 2010. This was meant to make the month of Ramadan easier for the Muslims. Ramadan happened to fall during a very hot summer that year. Egypt cut DST a year later!
4. The Queen’s staff spend more than 50 hours adjusting 1,000 clocks throughout her residence. This is according to The Telegraph.
5. Russia dropped two of its 11 time zones in 2010, then abolished DST a year later. They stay on summer hours all year (which would be fine with me).
6. Antarctica doesn’t get any daylight in the winter but still practices DST to be in sync with supply stations in Chile and New Zealand.
7. For many years, the DST in the U.S. ended a few days before Halloween. The U.S. extended the DST period in 2007 so that it always includes Halloween. This was to provide trick-or-treaters one more hour of light and therefore more safety from traffic accidents during that hour.
1784 – The idea of daylight saving is first conceived by Benjamin Franklin.
1914-1918 – Britain goes on DLS during World War I.
March 19, 1918 – The Standard Time Act establishes time zones and daylight saving. Daylight saving is repealed in 1919 but continues to be recognized in certain areas of the United States.
1945-1966 – There is no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time.
1966 – The Uniform Time Act of 1966 establishes the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the United States. The dates are the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. States can exempt themselves from participation.
1974-1975 – Congress extends DLS in order to save energy during the energy crisis.
1986-2006 – Daylight Saving Time begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October.
August 8, 2005 – President George W. Bush signs the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. Part of the act will extend Daylight Saving Time starting in 2007, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
2007 – Under the new laws, all of Indiana now observes Daylight Saving Time, where only certain areas of the state did before.
“It seems very strange…that in the course of the world’s history so obvious an improvement should never have been adopted…the next generation of Britishers would be the better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.” Winston Churchill
“I say it is impossible that so sensible a people (citizens of Paris), under such circumstances should have lived so long by the smoky, unwholesome, and enormously expensive light of candles if they had really known that they might have had as much pure light of the sun for nothing.” Benjamin Franklin
“Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.” Anonymous
“Don’t forget it’s daylight saving time. You spring forward, then you fall back. It’s like Robert Downey Jr. getting out of bed.” David Letterman
In spring when maple buds are red,
We turn the clock an hour ahead;
Which means each April that arrives,
We lose an hour out of our lives.
Who cares? When autumn birds in flocks
Fly southward, back we turn the clocks,
And so regain a lovely thing
That missing hour we lost in spring.
And this fun time-related poem from Falling Up
By Shel Silverstein
1 little monkey
Was goin’ 2 the store
When he saw a banana 3
He’d never climbed be 4.
By 5 o’clock that evenin’
He was 6 with a stomach ache
‘Cause 7 green bananas
Was what the monkey 8.
By 9 o’clock that evenin’
That monkey was quite ill,
So 10 we called the doctor
Who was 11 on the hill.
The doctor said, “You’re almost dead.
Don’t eat green bananas no more.”
The sick little monkey groaned and said,
“But that’s what I 1-2 the 3-4.”