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Wichita Falls Living Magazine

Time to Spring Forward!

It's that time of year again.  The time to lose an hour of sleep and gain a cup of coffee.  Every mother of small children dreads the days of adjusting sleep schedules after adjusting the clocks.  Let this serve as a friendly reminder with some fun facts for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday.

Benjamin Franklin's “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. He lightheartedly advocated laws encouraging citizens to rise early to save the expense of candlelight: “Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.”

William Willet of London suggested the idea of setting clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the four Sundays in April and reversing the process in September but it did not meet with approval. One community opposed it on moral grounds, calling the practice the sin of “lying” about true time.

When World War I broke out, Daylight Saving Time was adopted as a fuel-saving measure. Many Americans think farmers were the driving force behind Daylight Saving Time. But really they were its strongest opponents and resisted the change.  The law was repealed in 1920 due to opposition from dairy farmers only to return during WWII.

Today, most Americans spring forward and lose an hour on the second Sunday in March and fall back the first Sunday in November and gain an hour.  More than half of the states have proposed bills to end the practice of switching clocks. However, the legislation can only go into effect if the federal law changes.

Text pulled from Almanac.
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