Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour before you head to bed on Saturday, March 11.
Springing forward and falling back may seem simple enough, but daylight saving’s history has actually been quite complex—and misconceptions about it persist today. As you prepare to reset your watches, alarms, and microwaves, explore eight facts about daylight saving time that might surprise you.
8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time
1. It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.”
2. Though in favor of maximizing daylight waking hours, Benjamin Franklin did not originate the idea of moving clocks forward.
3. Englishman William Willett led the first campaign to implement daylight saving time.
4. Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time.
5. Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit farmers, as many people think.
6. For decades, daylight saving in the United States was a confounding patchwork of local practices.
7. Not everyone in the United States springs forward and falls back.
8. Evidence does not conclusively point to energy conservation as a result of daylight saving.
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