Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

At 2:00 AM this Sunday morning people in most of the United States will set their clocks ahead one hour as we begin Daylight Saving Time. Many households will also change the batteries in their smoke detectors. In Arizona, where they don’t believe in Daylight Saving Time, people mark the day by putting fresh ammunition in their handguns.

The continental United States observes DST beginning on the second Sunday in March; the European Union on the last Sunday in March. Tunisia, Bangladesh, and Fiji have joined Arizona and no longer observe Daylight Saving Time. We do not know if these counties also concur with Arizona’s denial of Climate ChangeWater FluoridationInternational Law, and Evolution.

Why does Arizona reject Daylight Saving Time? Perhaps the state’s many retirees can’t figure out how to change the time settings on their old VHS machines.

So “Spring Ahead,” even if Spring won’t actually be here until March 20th. And your lost hour of sleep? You’ll get it back on November 5th.

More on Daylight Saving Time here. And change your batteries and stuff.


“5 myths about daylight saving time,” Rachel Feltman, Washington Post

“Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know,” Brian Handwerk, National Geographic News

“Why turning your clocks forward Sunday actually costs you money,” Chris Mooney, Washington Post

“Campaigners against Daylight Saving Time cite increased risk of heart attack,” Joanna Walters, The Guardian

“Saving Daylight, Increasing Danger: Daylight Saving Time Leads to Less Sleep, More Injuries on the Job” (press release) American Psychological Association

“22 Reasons Why Daylight Saving Time Needs To Be Abolished,” Beb Yakas, Gothamist

“America needs to have just two time zones and the world should follow suit,” Allison Schrager, Quartz


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