What You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving is upon us and that means losing an hour of sleep this weekend. Here are some interesting facts to think about as we spring the clocks forward.

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On Sunday at 2 a.m., we spin the clocks ahead an hour for Daylight Saving time. Gone are the days of winding clocks for smartphone users.
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Daylight Savings is observed in more than 70 countries around the world. Major areas in Asia, including China and India, do not set the clocks back because farmers are strongly against the practice.
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Daylight Savings is not observed in Arizona in the United States.
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Hawaii also chooses not the turn the clocks back.
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Philadelphia pioneer Benjamin Franklin suggested the practice as in a satirical essay in 1784, History.com reports.
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In his letter, "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,” Franklin said the extra hour would help people save money on candles.
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Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) implemented Daylight Saving or "war time" nationwide in 1942 to save fuel during WWII. Prior to that, Germany observed the practice during WWI for the same reason.
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In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, and made Daylight Saving consistent across the country. At that time, some states were choosing to set the clocks back on different dates.
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The extra hour of daylight in the evening saved around 10,000 barrels of oil every day during the 1970 energy crisis, reported timeanddate.com. But overall evidence does not conclusively point to energy conservation as a result, History.com reported.
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A study found crime dropped during the extra hour of daylight, reported National Geographic. The reason? They say criminals don't go out while the sun is still shining. The study also found that the added hour of darkness in the morning also had less crime.
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Add an hour or sunlight on Sunday.
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