4 Surprising Facts About Daylight Saving Time

No, it wasn’t started by Benjamin Franklin. And we don't do it for the farmers. Here are four surprising facts about daylight saving time. ⏰

What you might not know about daylight saving time

Historical origins - Day Savings Time was not invented by Benjamin Franklin, he merely suggested Parisians change their sleep schedules to save money on candles and lamp oil. Intended to benefit U.S. farmers. The sun, not a clock, has always dictated farmers’ schedules. The cows don’t wake up any earlier to milk. Daylight saving time in the U.S. started as an energy conservation trick during WWI.

It’s not for everyone - Arizona and Hawaii opted out of the Uniform Time Act – the law that standardized DST. Arizona doesn't for the practical reason that when summer temperatures soar in the desert, they prefer it to get dark and cool off earlier. Hawaii also refrains, because it's so much closer to the equator than the rest of the country.

Some states voted to opt out: California, Florida, Arkansas, Washington, Tennessee, Oregon, Nevada and Alabama. 8 states passed bills to make daylight saving time permanent. But they haven’t gone into effect. In 1966, then-Tennessee Senator Frank Gorrell said “For the economic, recreational and social benefit of our state, we must have daylight time.” Even Donald Trump supports the idea, TWEET: “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” The European Parliament has also voted to abolish clock changes by 2021.

The benefits of DST - Yet some experts consider it gives people a better quality of life. It reduces traffic accidents. It reduces energy usage and spreads the use of energy over the day. It reduces outdoor crime like mugging and breaking and entering and it's very good for public health because it gets people outdoors in the beautiful spring, summer and fall evenings – rather than sitting home and watching TV another hour. So, there's a lot of great benefits of daylight-saving time. David Prerau, Daylight Saving Time expert concludes.


11/02/2019 11:58 AM
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  • Richard C.
    2 days


  • Kim W.
    3 days

    SO, daylight savings time is a socialist program. Take that trumpers :P

  • Nicole R.
    4 days

    I love to spring forward not fall back ,when it gets dark at like 5pm it gets depressing and makes days feel so much shorter.

  • Jerry J.
    4 days

    Split that hr in half and leave it be

  • Richard C.
    4 days

    Do it talk talk do it nope

  • Tom T.
    11/13/2019 00:35

    I like it. Year round would be better

  • Lloyd M.
    11/09/2019 14:59

    He could have saved the it stop crime part

  • David B.
    11/09/2019 08:42

    don't need this

  • Susanna C.
    11/09/2019 04:34

    I Love it.

  • Renee D.
    11/06/2019 19:24

    BS I hate it

  • Sherry P.
    11/06/2019 00:24

    If not broken leave the time alone. Needs to stay the same all year.

  • Dave M.
    11/05/2019 23:33

    They fail to mention all the negative effects of the time change. Health issues and suicides.

  • Eric E.
    11/05/2019 02:26

    It's like cutting an inch off the top of a blanket, sewing it to the bottom, and saying you're warmer.

  • Jeramy E.
    11/04/2019 20:25

    I still hate time change.

  • Cody A.
    11/02/2019 17:40

    Daylight savings is the stupidest thing ever