Five Interesting Facts about Daylight Saving Time
October 31, 2015 09:34 AM EDT
Daylight Saving Time is less than one day away! Before you start moving your clocks one hour back on Nov.1, here are five interesting facts about the event.
1. Daylight saving time is not observed in all States or Countries
If you live in Hawaii and Arizona, you will already know that you do not follow daylight saving time like the rest of the U.S.
Only 78 countries throughout the world observe daylight saving time. Russia stopped using following it in 2011.
2. The states did not always observe daylight saving time
The U.S. started following daylight saving time in 1918. However, one year later, Congress had overturned it. From 1919 up until the Uniform Times Act of 1966 was passed, local officials were in charge of deciding whether or not they will be switching their clocks in the fall or spring.
3. The majority of Americans do not care for it
A Rasmussen poll conducted in 2014 found that only about 33 percent of Americans felt that daylight saving time was "worth the hassle." Two years prior, 45 percent of Americans stated that it was worth it.
4. Daylight saving time helps preserve energy?
Many people believed that the fall and spring daylight saving times were created to help people save energy - others thought that daylight saving time was started to give farmers more time to tend to their crops. However, both reasons are false
5. Daylight saving time will turn "100" in the spring
In the spring, daylight saving time will reach its 100th anniversary since the very first country started to observe it. On April 30, 1916, Germany became the first country to change their clocks.
Before Germany adopted daylight saving time, Englishman William Willett proposed it from 1908 through to 1911 and got rejected by parliament each time.