Monday, November 4, 2013
BEN FRANKLIN AND ME
According to the Congressional Research Service Library, daylight savings time was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin around 1784.
I read a few articles about DST today, and one said it was a scientific fact that night owls are smarter. That sure made me feel good, because my dad always said I was smart. I have a friend that is also a night owl and I know she's smart! Since I retired from working, I love to sleep in until about 10 am, because I am usually up very late at night.
After the two world wars, areas of the country varied, so Congress passed The Uniform Time Act of 1966, which focused on DST. Ben Franklin would have approved!
Some farmers around the country oppose DST, and a group who formed StandardTime.com came up with an alternate plan of having only two time zones with two hours apart, instead of the current four time zones with one hour apart. The group states that some studies have found that it doesn't actually save energy anymore.
One of their complaints was that it increases gasoline consumption. Well, DUH, yeah, because people are able to go out after work for social activities, ballgames, picnics, and various other outdoor activities, and spend money, which puts billions into the economy.
I'm all FOR daylight savings time, because I love my evening summers outdoors. I don't even mind the “spring ahead” in March, because I'm a night owl anyway and I just sleep in a little extra!