Friday, November 5, 2010

DST

This Sunday we in the United States, and other places in the world, once again will adjust our clocks before we go to bed on Saturday night. To commemorate the occasion I give you a few snippets from this US News and World Report article:
  • Officially, it's "daylight saving time," not "daylight savings time."
  • Transitions into and out of DST can disturb people's sleeping patterns.
  • When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.
  • A study concluded that observing DST year-round would annually prevent about 195 deaths of motor vehicle occupants and about 171 pedestrian fatalities.
  • Many other countries observe daylight saving time, but not all do so on the same day. That can create confusion for international travelers and business communications.
  • Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, as part of an effort in the United States and other warring countries to conserve fuel.
  • The first American to advocate for daylight saving was Benjamin Franklin.

6 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

It hasn't started yet but I am ready for it to begin again! I keep telling myself that the really cold weather only lasts 3 months in KC. Am I convincing?

Kim said...

Well, for one, I am looking forward to an extra hour of sleep this weekend. However not so much the part about waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark.

Leticia said...

I am ready for it. I have to be at work at 7 am and it is so dark. I feel sorry for the kids waiting for their school buses in cold dark mornings.

Thanks for the reminder.

Linda said...

Well, it would be nice if we only have cold weather for 3 months, but there will probably be more than that. I know we need some moisture!

Leticia, I remember my kids getting on the bus at 7, and home at 4:30. They were the first on and the last off. Long days!

That corgi :) said...

looking forward to my extra hour of sleep tonight, although the evenings being dark so early is not fun....

have a good weekend!

betty

glnroz said...

This is just one more thing that I hate about winter,, lol