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Fact Tuesday: Daylight Saving Time

by Countable | 10.31.17

Consider this advance warning, Countable community: daylight saving time ends this coming Sunday, November 5th. Time to "fall back" and enjoy an extra hour's sleep – if your state or territory observes daylight saving, that is. If not, please enjoy your Sunday all the same.

Until then, here are a few facts of equal or lesser enjoyment value to an extra hour's sleep and/or it being a Sunday. Have we said "enjoy?" Enjoy!

  • The United States first adopted daylight saving time way back in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Standard Time Act into law. Possibly unrelated, but President Wilson once said: “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

  • Neither Arizona nor Hawaii observe daylight saving time, nor do the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Island Time” is not an official time zone.

  • Both Maine and Massachusetts are considering abandoning daylight saving time. A bill to move Maine to the Atlantic Time Zone has already passed both chambers of the state legislature.

  • Daylight saving time – and the loss of an hour’s sleep at its springtime “leap forward” – raises the risk of heart attack on the following Monday by 25 percent versus any other Monday of the year, according to a study by the University of Colorado in Denver.

  • Conversely, the additional hour’s sleep from the autumnal “fall back” decreases the risk of heart attack by 21 percent on the Tuesday following the return to standard time.

  • Until 1986, daylight saving time ended on the last Sunday of October. After 25 years of lobbying by the candy industry, daylight saving time was extended to the first Sunday of November, ensuring children everywhere could enjoy and extra hour of daylight trick-or-treating (and thus more candy) each Halloween.

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  • Rodney
    11/01/2017
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    Daylight Saving Time has always been a bane to everyone. From the misinformed public to the wrong assumptions of power use, it fails on all fronts. Despite popular lore farmers fought long and hard against the establishment of Daylight Saving Time because it negatively affected their sales. They argued that since they always worked based upon the actual sunrise and sunset times they would lose an hour of time delivering product in the morning getting to the exchange and actually reduce their profits. In an industry where every penny really does count it was and is unconscionable. The argument about saving energy is also flawed. When Congress extended Daylight Saving Time with the intention of saving energy it actually ended up increasing energy consumption as people used artificial light even longer. It is time to abolish this failed attempt to save energy and the confusion and sleep deprivation it entails.

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  • Jackie
    11/01/2017
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    Time to end daylight savings time. Not worth the effort

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  • Janene
    11/01/2017
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    End daylight savings; it doesn’t save energy and it doesn’t help farmers. Time to end this miserable time change for good!

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  • Bluewitsend
    11/01/2017
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    I support discontinuing daylight savings time. I believe the time has passed for it and it is no longer necessary to make school children wait for school buses in the dark mornings it causes.

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  • TexasTRex
    11/02/2017
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    We really need to get rid of DST. It is outdated and a pain, especially when dealing with other states and countries who do not observe it.

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  • NoHedges
    10/31/2017
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    ⏰ With that extra time could Countable please do a post on the proposed presidential candidates? 🛠We need a viable candidate come the 2020 elections and not a choice between the lesser of two evils! I do NOT WANT EITHER KAMALA HARRIS OR ELIZABETH WARREN. One is a suit for more corporate corruption and the other is an out of touch 1%er. And I most definitely do NOT WANT ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF TRUMP!

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  • Rick
    11/02/2017
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    End daylight savings time. It has not helped the economy, like they said it would. End it once and for all.

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  • Gerald
    11/01/2017
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    We don’t need 24 hours. Let’s do away with this intrusion into our lives and do away with time. Like the Paris climate agreement, we can go it alone. All we need is sunrise and sunset. The hours and minutes are just one world United Nations plots to hurt jobs in this country since watch manufacturing moved overseas. Who invented this fake time of minutes, seconds, and hours anyway? Make America great again!

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  • Pegls1
    11/01/2017
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    I can understand that different time zones around the the east-ish/west-ish axis the planet is used to coordinate the continuity of the marketplaces and airports around the world. However daylight savings is to my knowledge sourced from the farming community originally since so much of the US society was agrarian ... Please correct me if I'm wrong. However I believe that the time is past when that would be a deciding factor. I remember that I & my kids hated getting off the bus from school when it was already dark, with no outside playtime left. I am of the opinion that is an unnecessary, no longer relevant adaption that should go softly into the night...

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  • Ann
    11/02/2017
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    I’d rather keep Daylight Savings Time for good...all 12 months!

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  • Karen
    11/04/2017
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    All this complaining about Daylight Savings Time. My goodness people don’t you have anything better to gripe about? DST is a fact so stop the nonsense of complaint.

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  • Christine
    03/12/2018
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    I hate changing of the time...and yes I am a democrat. I believe every state should be the on the same system easier to figure out flights and the difference without worrying about springing forward and falling back.

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  • Judith
    03/12/2018
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    No Florida! Fall back to standard time then stay there. The country should stop bouncing the time twice a year. The entire country should be on standard time for their region.

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  • Alan
    11/04/2017
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    No more DST please...oh and to ol' Ron up there, way to squeeze in Russia to a DST conversation...

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  • SneakyPete
    11/01/2017
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    Why do we have Daylight Saving Time? The main reason for daylight savings time is to make the most out of daylight as long as possible and save energy. If people are awake during the sun, people will use natural light and turn on their home lights later. Therefore, less electricity will be used. Daylight Saving Time's potential to save energy comes primarily from its effects on residential lighting, which consumes about 3.5% of electricity in the United States and Canada. Delaying the nominal time of sunset and sunrise reduces the use of artificial light in the evening and increases it in the morning. And don’t forget our farmer friends who get to start earlier in the day to begin their work.

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