Friday, October 30, 2009

Daylight Saving - Weekend

It's FALL BACK time.

So that means we have more time in our day by one full hour.

But if you live in Arizona or Hawaii you don't have to worry about changing all your clocks because those states have never participate in Daylight Saving. And did you know that there isn't a federal law that requires states to observe Daylight Saving Time?

Why do we observe Daylight Savings Time? The answer to that goes all the way back to the 1800s, when railroads needed standardization of time so they could set their schedules. Eventually, the railroad industry set official time zones for sections of the country, and Congress signed it into law in 1918.

Part of that law was the inclusion of an observance of Daylight Savings, which was later repealed. Now it is up to state governments whether they want to follow it or not.
While most of us are indifferent to the time change, some people are actually affected. For example, farmers and other workers who wake early have to wait longer for sunshine. But on the positive side, research has shown that more daylight decreases the number of traffic accidents.



Why do pictures of clocks show the time to be 10:10?

This is done to give the face of the clock symmetry and to give it a sort of 'smile.'
Anything below 9 and 3 looks sort of sad.
Any hand pointed at the six could be 'broken'.
Hands that are straight across just don't look right.


  1. Ohhhhh, I do love that extra hour of precious sleep! :)

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