It’s that time of year again. On Sunday March, 10, 2019, at 2 a.m. the clocks will spring forward. Although I am not a fan of losing an hour of sleep, I am excited to have more daylight in the afternoon. Love it or hate it, Daylight Saving has been here for years and it is not going anywhere any time soon.
Whether you are a fan or not, you can’t deny that there are some interesting facts surrounding Daylight Saving Time. Check out 10 of my favorite facts below.
- Daylight Saving Time was first thought up by Benjamin Franklin. Although he thought it up as a joke, He wrote about it in his essay “The Economical Project” in 1784.
- Daylight Saving Time is observed by over 70 countries. However, they do not all switch their clocks at the same time, or even the same day, which can get very confusing for travelers!
- Hawaii and Arizona do not participate in DST. However, the Navajo Nation within Arizona DOES participate.
- Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. Because of the time changing at 2 a.m., bars are asked to close at 1:59 a.m., so there is not an extra hour of drinking.
- Daylight Saving Time is singular. Most people refer to it as Daylight Saving(s) Time, but it is just Daylight Saving Time.
- Candy companies have lobbied for decades to extend DST till after Halloween. In the 1980s, they even went so far as to place little candy pumpkins on the seats of the senate members in hopes of swaying the vote in their favor. Their theory was that an extra hour on Halloween night meant that the candy sales shot through the roof. They got their way in 2007, when George W. Bush extended Daylight Saving Time until November.
- Studies have shown that there is a decrees in SAT test scores after DST.
- Contrary to popular belief, it was not the farmers who lobbied for DST. In fact in 1919 they fought against the bill and lost.
- Gold Coarse companies and the BBQ industry were two of the biggest supporters of DST. Each company believes that they have gotten in over $400 million more in sales because of the time change.
- Most Drive-in Movie theaters blame DST for killing off their industry. Because of DST, they say that drive in movies could no longer start at a family friendly hour.