Why do we change out clocks for some months during the year. Has anybody ever proven that it actually helps anything...
Well, it is probably good that most people no longer call it Summer Time as the dates for it keep changing and most certainly is not aligned with summer any more. It would be better to call it UnWinter Time. So Daylight Savings Time… what a misnomer. How can you save any daylight. It is fixed – no matter what the clock says. So I decided to dig into it a little more.
Apparently, according to Wikipedia, it dates back to 1895 When George Vernon Hudson proposed it. It was related with his interest of collecting insects and shifting the clock would allow he to do this after he finished work.
It is claimed (with the same intent as the original concept) to benefit retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours. It is also claimed to reduce energy consumption, but this has never actually been proven. IN fact it was originally based on the power used by lighting, but this accounts for only 3.5% of power used
It is also claimed to be because people don’t like to get out of bed in the mornings, so early sunlight is wasted. This makes no sense at all to me.
One interesting snippet I found from Wikipeadia states “Roman water clocks had different scales for different months of the year: at Rome's latitude the third hour from sunrise, hora tertia, started by modern standards at 09:02 solar time and lasted 44 minutes at the winter solstice, but at the summer solstice it started at 06:58 and lasted 75 minutes. After ancient times, equal-length civil hours eventually supplanted unequal, so civil time no longer varies by season.”
Daylight savings was first implemented by Germany in 1916 as a way to conserve coal during World War 1. The allies followed suit. The US waited until 1918 to change. With the end of the war, the farm lobbies had it repealed everywhere except Britain. In the US, Woodrow Wilson vetoed the bill to repeal it twice, but was eventually overridden. But in typical fashion, some cities in the US continued to practi9ce it – including New York. We then see the power of lobbies in the US. In the mid-1980s, Clorox (parent of Kingsford Charcoal) and 7-Eleven provided the primary funding for the Daylight Saving Time Coalition behind the 1987 extension to U.S. DST, and both Idaho senators voted for it based on the premise that during DST fast-food restaurants sell more French fries, which are made from Idaho potatoes- - Good grief! No wonder politics in this country is so distorted!!!
Just read through some of the stuff on Wikipedia. This has got to be one of the most ridiculous things that we do, and with no real defined benefits!
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