Diabetic and Vegetarian Recipe

by nicholmom3 on June 18, 2008

I always hate turning the clock back because I am always working 3rd shift and have to work an extra hour.  Now, mind you, if I am home in bed, I LOVE that extra hour of sleep.  Have you ever wondered why we Spring forward an hour in the Spring and Fall back an hour in the Fall?

Actually, as far back as the 1700s, people recognized the potential to save energy by jumping clocks ahead one hour in the summer.  Did you know that Benjamin Franklin even wrote about it? The idea was not put into practice until the 20th century though. Some of the original reasons for resetting our clocks twice a year include saving energy and having more daylight hours for retailers, sporting events and other activities that benefit from a longer day.  The United States and Great Britain began observing daylight saving time during both World Wars.

Interestingly though, after the war, U.S. states were free to choose whether to observe daylight saving time and the calendar start dates of the time change. This resulted in time confusion for travelers and newscasters. To end the confusion, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which stated that if any state observed daylight saving, it had to follow a uniform protocol, beginning and ending on the same dates throughout the country.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 lengthened daylight saving time by four weeks, starting it three weeks earlier in spring and ending it one week later in fall. Daylight saving now begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday of November.  Prior to this, it began on the first Sunday of April and ended on the last Sunday of October, so that extra week gives trick-or-treaters a precious extra hour of candy-gathering before sunset.

An interesting note is that Hawaii has never observed daylight saving time, as its tropical latitude means its daylight hours stay fairly constant year-round. Arizona has not observed daylight saving time since 1967 because the extra daylight in the summer would just mean more energy consumption to keep the desert state’s residents cool.

Alaska and Florida have both recently petitioned to abolish the daylight savings time because of Florida’s tropical latitude and because winter is already so extreme for Alaskans.

Most of Indiana didn’t observe daylights time from 1970 to 2006, but began to do so in April 2006 after eight counties in the western portion of the state switched from the Eastern to the Central Time Zone.

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081031/sc_livescience/daylightsavingtimewhydidwedoit#full

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