Daylight savings time is upon us and I bet you are feeling that loss hour of sleep this morning. So here are some interesting facts about Daylight Savings Time to help get you through the day.
- Before the Uniform Time Act was passed in the United States, there was a time which anyplace had to option if they did or did not want to have Daylight Savings Time. In fact, at one point, Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks.
- Most of the United States and Canada observer Daylight Savings Time on the same dates, however there are exceptions. Hawaii and Arizona are the two states that doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time. Although as you can imagine, not everyone loves changing their clocks two times a year, so there have been many legislators that have been trying to get bills past in their state.
- The fact that the time changes at 2 a.m. at least in the United States, may have to do with practicality. For example, it's late enough that most people are home from outings and setting the clock back an hour won't switch the date to "yesterday." In addition, it's early enough not to affect early shift workers and early churchgoers, according to the WebExhibits, an online museum.
- Pets notice time change as well. Since most people have set schedules, they also routines for their furry friends, leading to changing in their schedules as well. So instead of feeding fluffy at 4PM she is now being fed at 5PM and that hour change is noticed.
- It is said that the nominal reason for Daylight Savings Time is to conserve energy. However, the evidence for energy savings is slim.
So there you have it, 5 interesting facts about Daylight Savings Time. Are you looking to learn more? Check out LIVESCIENCE Guide on Daylight Savings Time.