Spring Ahead This Sunday With Daylight Saving!

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

With Daylight Saving Time coming up this Sunday morning, we thought we might share some interesting articles with you.  Some are about the oddities, the way it can effect our health, interesting facts, tidbits, and more.  To read these full articles, click on the title of the posts.  Spring ahead this Sunday with Daylight Saving!  Enjoy.

 

 

11 Insane Facts You Didn’t Know About Time Zones!

11 Insane Facts You Didn't Know About Time Zones

Great article from Thrillist on how we, and the rest of the world,  Daylight Saving. “Despite being gigantic, India insists on maintaining one national time zone (GMT +05:30) over the entire subcontinent. Because nobody would have read “Midnight +02:30’s Children” “Hawaii doesn’t adhere to DST, maintaining an easy-to-remember time zone of GMT -10:00 year-round. Strangely, in the Winter, Alaska is on the same time as Hawaii — so, while their climates are world’s apart, for half the year, both states observe HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time). “

Daylight Saving Time Is Bad For Your Health

Daylight Saving Time Is Bad For Your Health

According to this article from Business Insider, Daylight Saving Time can increase your chances of a heart attack, but there are less car accidents taking place due to extra sunlight.  Make sure to get plenty of rest but feel free to drive all day! “During the first week of DST (in the late winter) there’s a spike in heart attacks, according to a study in the The American Journal of Cardiology (and other previous studies). That’s because losing an hour of sleep increases stress and provides less time to recover overnight.” “On the other hand, deadly car crashes decrease during DST (the spring, summer, and fall), because it’s more likely to be light out when there are more people on the road, for example going to and returning from work or school.”

Daylight Saving – The Movie Trailer

In this epic thriller directed by Nacho Punch, Daylight Saving Time is not only the main villain, it also appears to be extremely confusing.  Even we learned something from the video.  It’s Daylight Saving, not Daylight Savings.  Now we have to edit the rest of the blog.

History of Daylight Saving Time – DST

History of Daylight Saving Time - DST

Daylight Saving Time has been used for about 100 years and dates back to Benjamin Franklin. Here are some awesome facts from an article published by timeanddate.com. 

  • “American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris in 1784. In the essay, he suggested, although jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead.” 

  • “British builder William Willett proposed the introduction of DST in 1905. He suggested setting the clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the four Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on each of the four Sundays in September, a total of eight DST switches per year.” 

  • “In the U.S., Daylight Saving Time – or “fast time”, as it was called then – was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I. The initiative was sparked by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist who had encountered the idea in the United Kingdom. A passionate campaigner for the use of DST in the United States, he is often called the “father of Daylight Saving”.”

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