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Monday, November 7, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Daylight Saving Time ended yesterday, that means everybody should have gotten an extra hour of sleep this morning. So let's say thanks to Ben Franklin, Woodrow Wilson and everybody else who made it possible for us to sleep in a little today.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year."

HINT: (1909 - 2000) a Danish and American comedian, conductor, and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Ben Franklin gets credit for thinking up the idea of daylight saving time. As ambassador to Paris, Franklin wrote a letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784 of his "discovery" that the sun gives light as soon as it rises, and needling Parisians for their night-owl, candle-burning ways.

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William Willett, an Englishman who loved his early-morning horseback rides, managed to get the idea of moving the clock forward during the summer months proposed in Parliament in 1908, but it was shot down. So Willett proposed it again in 1909, 1910, 1911, and Parliament rejected it all those times.

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If Willett couldn't convince the British populace that daylight saving time was needed, the Germans could. In 1916, with World War I ratcheting up, Germany put itself on daylight saving time to save energy for the war effort. Britain followed a month later.

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When the United States got involved in the war in 1918, they too instituted daylight saving time. President Woodrow Wilson even wanted to keep the new system after the war ended. But at the time, the country was mostly rural. Farmers hated the time change, because their jobs were dependent on the sun, and daylight saving time put them out of sync with the city people who sold them goods and bought their products. Congress repealed daylight saving time, Wilson vetoed the repeal, and Congress promptly overrode his veto, a fairly rare occurrence.

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When World War II hit, daylight saving time came back into vogue, again to save energy for the war effort. The U.S. instituted daylight saving time less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time act of 1966, specifying that states didn't have to get on the daylight saving bandwagon, but that if they did, the whole state had to comply. And the federal government would determine the days of "springing forward" and "falling back".




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year."

ANSWER: Victor Borge

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