11/03/2011 by C.
Well it is that time again…Daylight savings time. The good news is this time we get to “fall back” an hour. Springing forward is a bitch.
I realized I didn’t know that much about this not so lovely occurrence that comes upon us twice a year so I thought I would do some research. Hopefully, I am not the only person in the world that thought God set this up to punish us for buying Starbucks in mass quantities and for paying attention to the Kardashians.
Ben Franklin came up with the idea for Daylight savings time back in 1784. Obviously, the whole key and lightening thing fried his brain up a bit too much.
Ben never really got it going but George Vernon Hudson started the discussion up again in 1895. Ok, seriously didn’t these people have better things to do like inventing a car or TV?
William Willett is mainly credited for starting Daylight savings time in 1905. He was an English builder that liked the extra hour of sunlight so he could get his drink on and fondle sheep (don’t quote me on that…just something I saw on TMZ). We officially started observing DST in 1918. Yipppeee!
There are many pros and cons out there regarding DST. Some say we save energy due to less artificial light being used. It is said that it reduces road accidents and injuries and gives children more social time in the evenings. Social time? I guess if you count playing “Halo” on Xbox 360 with online buddy “StraightUpLazy” as social time that would be correct.
I did find a few interesting statistics on the subject. Men are most likely to commit suicide during the first few weeks of DST than any other time. Also, serious heart attacks jump up 6-10% in the 1st three workdays of DST. Now, I am not a scientist but I know one so I feel qualified to share the reason the heart attack thing happens. Every single time we go through this there is one clock in your house that you miss setting with the correct time. You are getting ready for work and glance at that clock and think you are an hour late and WHAM…massive heart attack. DST is obviously very dangerous.
If you are not a fan of DST you can always move. It is not observed in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and parts of Arizona. Is it really worth moving though? All the packing, taping boxes and losing precious belongings can be overwhelming. The last time I moved I could not find my FryDaddy for 6 months. I had to bake my fish sticks! Who does that???
So, don’t forget to push those clocks back an hour this Sunday. You get a whole extra hour that day. What in the world will you do with all that extra time? I know I will spend mine watching reruns of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”.
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