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Uncommonly Sensible

Keeping the "anal" in analytical... (While trying to remain civilized)

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Daylight Saving Time?


What a crock! There are only "x" hours of daylight on any given day; so nobody is saving anything. Where would they keep it, anyhow?! During the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, there are 12 hours of daylight, and the other 363.25 days of the year are either longer or shorter depending on the season.
(An oversimplification, really, it all depends on your Latitude)

Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. is NOT observed in Hawaii, most of the Eastern Time Zone portion of the State of Indiana, or the state of Arizona (except for the Navajo Indian Reservation...which does observe it, due to its large size, and its location in three states). Also, its territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands do not observe it.

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during a trip as an American delegate to Paris in 1784, in an essay, "An Economical Project." It was first advocated seriously by a London builder, William Willett, in the pamphlet "Waste of Daylight". Perhaps in their time of oil lamps it was a sensible solution; nowadays it's something of an anachronism. If having the daylight last later into the P.M. is the desired effect, why not leave it "Sprung Forward?"

4 Comments:

Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Hey camo!

So where's the update? You gotta post new stuff once in awhile... you know what I mean?

April 10, 2005 9:48 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

From the inaugural post:
"I expect I'll be posting random musings on current events, and/or whatever else is flitting across the old(ish) cortex."

Random musings...by which I mean, whenever the mood strikes. I was thinking of writing something in honor of John Paul II, but as I'm not Catholic...

April 11, 2005 6:40 AM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Hey, Camojack! I like your blog. I'm in AZ where we just say, "no," to daylight savings time! This does confuse our family and friends back east, as their clocks change and ours don't! Somehow we cope, though!

April 25, 2005 7:56 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

mrsevilneocon:
My plan is to retire to Hawaii, where they also "just say no" to Daylight Savings Time...

April 25, 2005 11:58 PM  

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