It’s Friday, you’ve almost made it through the week, congratulations! Now before you go running off to your weekend plans, remember Sunday is the beginning of daylight savings time. And although we lose an hour it just means we are getting that much closer to sweet summertime. I figured since I love research and learning about new things, I would take this opportunity to of course remind you to set your clocks ahead, but also to teach you a little bit about where the clock changing phenomena comes from.
First while I was doing research I never really thought about the name itself: Day Light Savings Time. The process I understand and I’ve said the words thousands of times in my life, but it literally means saving day light. We move our clocks ahead in the spring to enjoy another hour of daylight in the morning and set our clocks back in the fall to enjoy another hour of sunlight in the evening.
Fascinating already right?! Well it gets better. The idea is accredited (of course their are conflicting accounts as with most things in history) to none other than Benjamin Franklin. Ben began working on the idea while he was traveling in Paris. It was developed further by Brit William Willet in 1907 with his pamphlet titled, “Waste of Daylight”. And although an American may have been the first to study the idea and an Englishmen moved the process along, the German’s were actually the first to implement the idea of moving the clock back and forth twice a year. It just so happens this year, 2016, is the 100 year anniversary of Germany implementing Daylight Savings Time. The U.S. first used it in 1918, but only a year later it was overturned by congress. So from 1919-1966 it was only done on a local basis. Which I obviously was not around to remember (born in the 90s people), but to me that seems like a horrible system. If any of my readers out there remember this I would love to hear more about it, especially in the travel world.
Today 48 states and 78 countries observe Daylight Savings Time. With the exception of Arizona and Hawaii for the United States. And although there are no official time zones in Antartica, they too observe it (or at least the scientists that are there doing research observe it because no one actually lives there, hence the whole no time zones thing).
So before you are late for church or breakfast plans Sunday morning remember to set your clocks ahead and maybe share some of these interesting facts with other lovers of worthless trivia.