‘Spring forward’ before Saturday snooze

Bad news for the sleep deprived: It’s time to “spring forward.”

We have Ben Franklin, seen here posing as a lightning rod atop the Franklin County (Penn.) Courthouse, for Daylight Savings Time (and lightning rods).

We have Ben Franklin, seen here posing as a lightning rod atop the Franklin County (Penn.) Courthouse, to thank for Daylight Saving Time (and lightning rods).

Most of us will simply set the clock ahead one hour before going to sleep Saturday. Those who want to be chronologically correct 24/7 need to move the hour hand on their wristwatch ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.

If it seems we’re springing ahead sooner than usual, you’re stuck in the past. Congress, in 2005, amended the Uniform Time Act of 1966 to move Daylight Saving Time to the second Sunday of March beginning in 2007. Previously, most of America sprung forward the first week of April.

We’ll “fall back” to Standard Time the first Sunday of November.

Here’s some interesting tidbits about time:

* Ben Franklin, at age 78, came up with the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1784, perhaps to save the money he was burning for lamp oil in his Paris home.

* Federal law does not require the time change, but most states do it. Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not deviate from Standard Time.

* Congress first legislated for the observance of daylight saving time nationwide to preserve fuel during World War I. DST was abolished in 1919 because it was unpopular. DST returned in WW II, once again to preserve fuel. But, as soon as the war was over the federal DST mandate was again struck.

* The Uniform Time Act of 1966 came about because the transportation industry sought nationwide consistency in time observance. Though the Act has been amended many times, it remains in effect.

* The U.S. Naval Observatory and the U.S. Department of Commerce keep the official time for the United States.

* Read more about the history of Daylight Saving Time.

11 comments Add your comment


March 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

No offense, but if you are going to write an article about the time change you might want to consider getting the name right. It’s not Daylight Savings Time, it’s Daylight Saving Time.

George Mathis

March 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

That’s the most helpful comment I’ve ever gotten, thanks!

Time Warp

March 12th, 2011
12:40 pm

George that was the best come back I’ve seen from an AJC Blogger. Thanks for the laugh.


March 12th, 2011
2:16 pm

Happy to point it out to you. jackass


March 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

Jackass JoeV you seem to be an angry, anti-social person. Maybe the changeover to Daylight SavingS Time will improve your attitude.


March 12th, 2011
9:13 pm

Good catch JoeV. It’s nice to know that we have sticklers like you patrolling the blogasphere. I’m just curious, shouldn’t it actually be Joe V. ? Just wanting to make sure you didn’t forget your space after your first name, and period after your abbreviated last name.


March 12th, 2011
11:11 pm

It’s supposed to be JoeV, you know, like Jove, the Greek god of jackasses, only misspelled. JoeV is the Jackass of Jackasses, you might say.


March 12th, 2011
11:28 pm

if you go around correcting people every time you hear them say Daylight Savings over Daylight Saving, you are a jackass, it’s one thing to correct the incorrect usage of a word, but you know what people mean and it only comes up twice a year, the “s” bothers you but the term is still being used in the right context. There’s so much more important grammar instruction you could be dishing out.

Charlie T

March 13th, 2011
6:49 am

If you read the article that is linked that comes from Congressional Research, it labels DST as Daylight Saving Time. Apparently, we in the south have added the “s” to the word Saving.

Charlie S.

March 13th, 2011
1:10 pm

LOL Yes, we in the South add S’s all over the place. Walmart’s, Kroger’s and such. Also, we usually add a “the” as well. I am glad to see he corrected him. This is in the AJC. They are still a newspaper. If anyone should have it right it’s them.

Personally, I would have felt bad for the mistake. That’s just kind of lazy to me as a writer. The comeback was funny though. The jackass was a little unwarranted so everything you got after that I can’t defend. HAPPY DST DAY EVERYONE!

Ryan Ouellet

March 23rd, 2011
11:18 am

Generally i dont reply to articles; but i must say your post really did make me do so. Thanks for the awesome share. I am done bookmarking it and will share with my friends :)
breaking news