Facts and Stats About Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, which means we spring forward and lose an hour of sleep this weekend. Here are some facts about DST.
- Benjamin Franklin came up with Daylight Saving as a joke and claimed Paris would save 64 million pounds of candle wax if they realigned their clocks.
- William Willet seriously lobbied for Daylight Saving in 1907 to not waste the sunlight.
- Daylight Saving Time became law during World War I as a way to reduce coal use for the war effort.
- America's national Daylight Saving law was repealed after WWII and allowed towns to decide their own time which resulted in chaos.
- The Uniform Time Act standardized Daylight Saving Time in 1966.
- Americans spend millions more on golf outings and barbecues during summer because of Daylight Saving.
- The number of heart attacks that happen after Daylight Saving increase by 24%.
- Crime rates drop by 10% during Daylight Saving Time.
- A survey found that 27% of people have been an hour early or late because they didn't change their clocks.
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