As I hope you know by now, we fell back today, dispensing with dayling saving time (should that be capitalized?). I recalled, somewhere in the dusty recesses of my brain, that DST originated in World War I. It was implemented in an effort to extend daylight hours, lessening fuel usage for lighting. Ben Franklin is apparently often credited with the invention, but William Willett actually invented the concept:
Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.
All of this info comes from the informative article It’s All About Time. Because we have Irish clients, I wanted to see when they switch over. According to the handy World Clock site, they fell back as well today. Interestingly (well, not really), they spring forward a week earlier than us.
In other DST trivia, I learned from this site that ‘in the United States, the only states which do not use daylight saving time are Hawaii, Arizona, and most of Indiana.’ Most of Indiana? That’s a little cryptic, isn’t it. As it turns out, Indiana is a freakishly bizarre wrinkle in daylight saving time. If you scroll past the fetching photo of Ronald Reagan on this page, you’ll find a handy graphic to determine what time it is in the Hoosier state. Wired also has an article on Indiana’s wacky time zones.
Finally, certain groups, particularly farmers, are opposed to DST. Standardtime.com explains:
Farmers, who must wake with the sun no matter what time their clock says, are greatly inconvenienced by having to change their schedule in order to sell their crops to people who observe daylight saving time.
This site actually propose doing away with four time zones, and using two instead. Good luck with that.