Things You Never Knew About Daylight Saving Time
Things You Never Knew About Daylight Saving Time
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8 Things You Never Knew About Daylight Saving Time

8 Things You Never Knew About Daylight Saving Time

Yup, it’s almost that time of the year again. This Saturday night (officially 2:00am on Sunday morning), we’ll be turning our clocks back an hour, signaling the end of longer days. Soon, after your 9-5, you’ll be lucky to get in a few minutes of daylight before you’re blanketed in chilling darkness (are we overreacting?). There’s probably a lot you don’t know about daylight savings time, but here’s 8 crazy facts you definitely didn’t know about daylight saving time.

  1. Russia ditched Daylight Saving Time. After 30 years of use, they abandoned the practice in 2011. For the Sochi olympics back in ’14, the Olympic International Committee had asked Russia to revert back to DST to make it easier for the world to watch, but they refused. There’s no getting to Putin, is there?
  2. Saskatchewan isn’t down with DST. While the rest of the Canada follows DST, much like we do, the province of Saskatchewan does not. They’re on Mountain Time all year round.
  3. Its Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. Ditch the ‘s’ and that’s what it’s actually called. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Daylight savings time just rolls off the tongue so much better.
  4. Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. It’s a common misconception. He did, however, joke around about the idea, saying that the French could save money on candles by getting up and going to be earlier. Maybe he had a trick up his sleep . . . . maybe electricity! {mind blown}
  5. Trick-or-treaters get more sunlight now. Prior to 2007, the clocks would go back an hour before Halloween. To give more sunlight for those trying to enjoy halloween, they moved it back. This year it’s on Nov. 6.
  6. Don’t take the SAT after DST. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that overall test scores for the SAT were 2% lower for test takers taking the test (try saying that 5 times fast) after daylight saving time.
  7. Not every state participates. Arizona and Hawaii play no part in changing their clocks. Arizona is, well, Arizona and Hawaii is so beautiful, no matter the time. Also, since the state is 2,500 miles, changing the clocks wouldn’t do much for them; they rather be surfing.
  8. Some of us just don’t get it. So if the clock moves up an hour, does that mean an extra hour to sleep or an extra hour of confusion? According to one study, 27% of us have admitted to DST making us late or early because it’s so confusing. We’re sure its more than that, those are just the people that have admitted it.

There you go, now don’t forget, turn your clocks back an hour before going to bed this Saturday night!