Yesterday seemed to whiz by, and I feel like I lost a day not an hour. Here are some funny takes on Daylight Savings Time other folks have found:
From Gothamist: 22 reasons why Daylight savings should be abolished – click on that link and you’ll get all 22 reasons, but I really like that Gothamist said the idea started in 1784 — as a joke — thanks to Benjamin Franklin.
Others agree. In his blog, Bill Chappell of NPR quotes the Department of Energy: ”Sometimes credited with inventing Daylight Saving Time, Benjamin Franklin — the man who is known for the saying “Early to bed and early to rise …” — did not actually suggest a change in time. Franklin’s connection to Daylight Saving Time comes from his 1784 satirical letter to the editor in the Journal de Paris in which he proposed that Parisians could save money on candles by waking up before their normal time of noon.”
We bet Benjamin Franklin is still laughing. Gothamist and other columnists note that traffic accidents and heart attacks increase. Now that’s scary, and a lot of sites verify that it’s true up to three days after the actual change. So be careful out there.
Happy Monday. We’ll all get used to this. Bring on the daylight.