Daylight Savings Time Begins

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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)

Daylight Savings Time Ends

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It’s one of the happiest days of the year for sleepy people: Daylight Savings Time ends in the wee hours tonight, which means clocks will move ahead one hour to reset to Standard Time. For many people, this means an extra hour of sleep this weekend! Unless you are a parent of small children, in which case you’ll be up at the crack of dawn as usual, but it will seem extra cruel. Enjoy that extra cup of coffee.

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 to the last Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November

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)

 

What will you be doing with your extra hour?