Daylight Savings 2023 Fun Facts

Daylight Savings is this weekend, so don't forget to spring forward!

In the meantime, here are some fun facts about Daylight Saving Time:

  • "Benjamin Franklin did not invent it. He did write a letter to the editor in 1784, complaining about people who sleep past sunrise. 'Let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards,' he wrote." (CBS News)
  • "While working at a post office by day, an entomologist who did most of his insect hunting at night soon became frustrated by how early the sun set during the summer months. He reasoned springing the clocks forward would allow more daylight for bug collecting—along with other evening activities. The clocks could be switched back in the winter when people (and bugs) were less likely to be found outdoors." (Mental Floss)
  • "A study by the Brookings Institute has shown that Daylight Saving Time reduces robberies, which tend to happen more under the cover of darkness. With more light in the early evening when people head home from work, there are likely fewer threats." (Country Living)
  • "It's actually Daylight SAVING Time. Not SAVINGS. It's just like 'money-saving coupons' or 'life-saving treatment.' And yet, oddly, we don't use a hyphen." (CBS News)
  • "Despite daylight saving time’s origins as an energy-saving strategy, research suggests it might actually be hurting the cause. One 2008 study conducted in Indiana found the statewide implementation of DST two years earlier had boosted overall energy consumption by 1 percent. While it’s true that changing the clocks can save residents money on lighting, the cost of heating and air conditioning tend to go up. That extra hour of daylight is only beneficial when people are willing to go outside to enjoy it." (Mental Floss)
  • "Why 2 AM? The thought behind the early-morning swap is pretty simple: According to LiveScience, most people are expected to already be at home and in bed, and that time won't bother many bars or restaurants. It also likely doesn't affect those who have early shifts at work." (Country Living)

Where you love it or hate it, agree with it or disagree with it, Daylight Saving Time is happening. 

Good luck!

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