Time for daylight savings time!

I remember when I was younger, I remember daylight savings time used to happen before Halloween. Since we always went out when the sun went down, DST gave us an extra hour of trick-or-treating. So it was weird when I read all these alerts saying that DST was occurring this weekend. I mean, Halloween was on Monday and somehow DST still isn’t over.

Well I guess I wasn’t the only one who was confused. Turns out ‘when is daylight savings time 2011’ is one of the top searches on Google this morning (also another top Google search is “Will Muschamp face”). So I did some research, and in 2007, the US changed the day from last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.
Even more confusing is when you read about people turning the clock back earlier this week. Don’t worry about it, it’s just the people in Europe. Seriously, those funny-talking Europeans still changes their clocks on the last Sunday of October.

There’s a whole long history about DST – kinda boring, mostly related to World War 1 and World War 2. Long story short, this isn’t the first time the dates have changed. Actually, Nixon moved it to January for two years.

So in 2010, the last Sunday was also the 31st of the month, so that’s why it seems particularly late this year. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep and make sure to mercilessly ridicule all those people who forgot about it!

Chris

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