Changing Your Clock
It's time to think about time. As in changing the time!
As November 5th turns into November 6 (at 1:59 AM
to be exact) , you should know the time slips back an hour
to 1:00 AM. Someone has to move the clock back, most
likely before bedtime. It will happen automatically on
some electronic devices, but just to be sure, change your
watch or alarm clock! This practice is called Daylight
Saving Time (not Daylight Savings Time as some people
think) and I want to tell you a bit more about it.
Perhaps you are wondering about why and when this
practice was started. Way back in 1895, a man named
George Vernon Hudson had the idea of temporarily
advancing the clock during the summertime so that
afternoons could have more sunlight and mornings could
have less. In the autumn, this time could be adjusted
backward. However, it wasn't until April 30, 1916 that
Daylight Saving Time was put into effect in Germany
and other WW I allies as a way to conserve coal during
The United States adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1918.
The practice has been both praised (YAY!) and criticized (BOO!).
Finally, to remember which way the clock is supposed to be
set, try memorizing this quote:
"SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACK."
Out of time and signing off,