Don’t Forget to Fall Back
People are always asking for more time, and that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend. An extra hour first thing Sunday morning when Daylight Saving Time ends.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will magically jump back to 1 a.m. If you’re not a night owl, just set your clock back an hour before heading off to bed Saturday night, so you won’t be an hour off when you wake up.
Arizona and Hawaii are both immune to this nonsense, opting for year-round standard time.
The current schedule for Daylight Saving Time was enacted in 2007 to follow the Energy Policy Act of 2005, starting the second Sunday of March and ending the first Sunday in November.
In this day and age with smart-everything, all your devices could make the change for you. The most difficult clock to change, at least for me, always seems to be the one in the car.
Here are 10 interesting facts about daylight savings time courtesy of mentalfloss.com:
- Benjamin Franklin was half joking when he made the original suggestion.
- Official credit for the idea goes to a bug collector.
- World War I pushed Daylight Saving Time into law.
- It gained renewed popularity during the energy crisis of the 1970s.
- It may actually be an energy waster, according to a study in Indiana in 2008.
- It’s also a health hazard, losing an hour of sleep in the spring.
- There are some benefits, including a reduction in crime.
- It’s not observed nationwide, as stated above.
- It starts at 2 a.m. for a reason. So, most people aren’t awake to notice. (Obviously, no one at Mental Floss works shift work.)
- The candy industry lobbied for an extension. Daylight Saving Time used to end on the last Sunday in October, interfering with Halloween trick or treating.