Sunday, November 2, 2008
Did you Remember to Change your Clocks?
Did you know?
-Daylight Saving Time was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.
-It wasn't until World War I, in 1916, that it was adopted by several countries.
-A new law extended DST to the 1st Sunday in November in 2007 with the purpose of providing trick-or-treaters more light and therefore more safety from traffic accidents. (Previously children's pedestrian deaths were four times higher on Halloween than any other night of the year).
-Some Amish communities observe DST while others do not. In one county of Ohio approximately 10 of the 90 Amish church districts opt out of DST.
-Arizona does not observe DST but the Navajo Nation (parts of which are in 3 states) does. However, the Hopi Reservation which is entirely surrounded by the Navajo Nation) does not. In effect, there is a donut-shaped area of Arizona that does observe DST but the "hole" n the center does not.
-To make it easier to remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind "spring forward, fall back".
A little history lesson courtesy of webexhibits.org/daylightsaving.