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Times, They are a-changin’ March 12, 2010

Posted by carol in Thoughtful Ramblings, Uncategorized.

Well, actually, times aren’t changing just yet, but soon, the time will be changing thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Specifically, we can thank (or blame) Benjamin Franklin, who is credited with inventing it (in addition to inventing the odometer, the lightning rod and biofocals).

The idea was to best use our daylight by shifting the clock forward in the Spring and backward in the Fall. Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada & Europe since World War I. Old news, you say. But wait…did you know that:

  • Any State can opt out of Daylight Saving Time by passing a State law? In fact, neither Arizona or Hawaii participates in Daylight Savings. (Um, could residents of Hawaii get any luckier?)
  • The corresponding time zones in Canada switch on the same dates the U.S., but some regions of in British Columbia and Saskatchewan do not use Daylight Saving Time. 
  • In Europe, Daylight Saving Time is referred to as “Summer Time.”

Here’s a cool link for more information on Daylight Savings Time and how it affects you: http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html

Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to Spring Ahead on Sunday, March 14, 2010 when 2:00 AM becomes 3:00 AM!






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