Daylight Savings Time Begins

DST

Oh, Mama, this is a hard weekend for all of us. It marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, which means we all lost an hour of sleep, which is a pretty cruel thing! Fire up the coffee maker (and if it’s a Keurig, pause and read this one ;)). We fully endorse the family nap today. If that fails, wow your kids with your extensive knowledge of DST facts:

DID YOU KNOW…

Benjamin Franklin was one of the first people to recommend shifting the day’s routine to match the sunlight

Germany was one of the first countries to use DST in 1916

DST was conceived as a method of reducing energy costs – using natural light instead of relying on artificial light

Part of Australia only shifts by 30 minutes instead of one hour

Canada and the USA used to observe DST from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October; since 2007 it has been expanded.

Most countries do not observe DST at all, including most of Africa and Asia

Your smart phone will automatically change time after 1:59:59am on Sunday morning

If you give birth to twins and the second one is born within the extra hour in the fall, their birth will be registered as having happened first (e.g. Twin A born at 1:40am and Twin B born 30 minutes later… at 1:10am)

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Jill

Jill has lived in London for her entire life, other than a brief hiatus for school. She has three children and is trying very hard to get them excited about her passions: yoga, Harry Potter, food, and books. If you have something you think LondonMoms would be interested in, you can contact her at jill@londonmoms.ca

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