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Facts About Daylight Saving Time

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

This Sunday morning begins the annual tradition of springing ahead for most of the United States. Many states are even considering opting out to D.S.T. This could be the last year for many. So with the hour of sleep you lost, let’s talk some fun facts about D.S.T.

  1. Arizona and Hawaii do not change their clocks like the rest of the country does. They opted out of DST. DST isn’t solely a United States thing, many other countries practice it as well.
  2. During the energy crisis of the 1970s, Congress ordered states to go on year-round daylight saving time between January 1974 and April 1975.
  3. The U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that crime has consistently dropped during DST by 10 percent top 13 percent.
  4. While Benjamin Franklin did first propose Daylight Savings, he meant it as a joke.
  5. During World War I & II, the United States (and other Countries) went to Daylights Saving Time year round to save vital resources for the war.
  6. Germany was the first country to implement daylight saving time in 1916. Farmers had nothing to do with daylight saving, in fact, they opposed the idea. Farmerslobbied relentlessly against it because the lost hour of the morning meant there was a rush to get to market.
  7. Daylight Saving Time disrupts your body clock. Studies show that setting the clocks forward for spring also increases the risk of heart attacks, road accidents and sleep problems.

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