Essay — Time Changing Trivia

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Since Top Drawer Ink’s newsletter began back in 2003, numerous Daylight Saving Time essays and articles have filled the pages. So, what’s left to say?

Plenty! Here’s some DST and Standard Time trivia I’ve been saving in case Jeopardy ever decides to recruit contestants from Carpenter Country.

DST was originally a twinkle in Benjamin Franklin’s eye, but only saw the first real light of day during WWI.

During WWII, Daylight Saving Time was called “War Time.”

From the 1940s to the 1960s, DST could start and end at the discretion of any district or region in the US.

Since 2007, in the US, spring forward happens on the second Sunday in March, and fall back to standard time takes place on the first Sunday in November.

Why do US time zones switch to DST at 2:00 a.m.? That early morning hour makes for less disruption of services and less inconvenience for people.

Are you still reading? Good, there’s more.

Near the equator, where day and night are almost equal, and in tropical countries where daylight hours are longer, clocks usually remain on standard time.

Trains are required to stay at the station until their scheduled time of departure. In the fall, all Amtrak trains stop running and wait one hour before moving again. In the spring, they just play catch-up.

Amish communities have other names for DST. Those that opt in are on “fast time.” Those that opt out are on “slow time.”

Okay, I’m out of time, have to go vote. Seems everything is happening at once this year.

But I promise—there will be more time changing trivia in the spring.

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