Daylight Saving Time. Turn Your Brain Off, Too!

SOHO Extreme Ultraviolet sunCome on down! We’re all getting together for a party celebrating the fact that once again we are losing an hour of time to the governmental charade called Daylight Saving Time. It will make us all more energy efficient and save tons of money so that we can all retire to beachfront property in Maui! Or so we are led to believe. Yea! We’re all staying up until 2 a.m. Sunday morning to set our clocks forward an hour!

And if you are worried about missing that hour, no need! We’ll get it back in late November!

Sounds like fun, huh? Despite the politicians who ramble on about energy savings and safety issues, I can’t help believe but that this is some big conspiracy by big business to somehow squeeze more money out of us in the name of energy conservation.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not normally a conspiracy theorist, and certainly I am now and have for all my adult life been in favor of energy conservation and the need to combat adverse environmental change such as global warming (yeah, even back in the 70s). However, I think the arguments in favor of Daylight Saving Time are specious at best. My favorite analogy is the one that likens DST to cutting off a foot of blanket at the top of your bed and sewing it onto the bottom “to make it longer”! Yeah, right!

Most do not know that Daylight Saving Time was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin in 1784. He was a diplomat in Paris, and he thought up the idea, essentially as a joke, to help Parisians save on candle wax. Seriously. Read about it here: Idea of Daylight Saving Time.

Anyway, the Sun doesn’t know the difference. He will keep to his regular schedule, no matter what hour we choose to call it. And unless you live in one of the few areas (including Arizona and a few other places) where they don’t join in the insanity, you don’t have much choice.

Oh, and if you want to skip the party but don’t want to stay up late on Saturday night to fool with the 2 a.m changeover, just set your clocks ahead an hour at bedtime Saturday. I won’t tell.

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Clear skies and good observing. And get some sleep, you’ll need to make up for the missed hour on Sunday morning!

Larry Sessions


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