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.