13 Weird Facts About Daylight Saving Time
Soon, the time will come where most people around the world will set their clocks forward in order to make the most of their daylight hours. For the first time in a long time, people will wake up with the sun shining, and come home from work with the sun still shining in the sky. Since most of us have self-adjusting electronics now, we don’t have as much motivation to think about why we set our clocks forward or back. But, in case you were curious, here are a few fun facts about daylight saving time.
It’s not called Daylight Savings Time.
It’s actually called daylight SAVING time — it’s not a plural. However, this misuse of the plural form has been adopted by most people, much to the frustration of linguists.
The idea behind daylight saving time is that the time when the sun is up is saved for when we’re actually awake, hence the name, which actually makes a lot of sense. The person who first introduced the idea was hoping that this would help families save money on coal and candles, as they would have more daylight hours to finish their work without having to rely on expensive artificial sources of light.
The first person to propose Daylight Saving Time loved the sun
William Willett was the first person to propose taking on Daylight Saving Time (DST). His proposal was read by the English parliament four times, and was denied every single time that he presented it. He actually died in 1915 — only one year before his brainchild was implemented across the country. Willett probably would have been shocked by the fact that the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time was actually Germany, who was at war with England at the time.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with being the first person to think of the idea of Daylight Saving Time
Even though it was William Willett who originally proposed Daylight Saving Time to the British parliament, it’s Benjamin Franklin who first came up with the idea of setting clocks back in order to save people from using up too many precious candles throughout the winter. Although it was his idea, the brilliant inventor never succeeded in thinking up a way to implement it globally. One unused suggestion he came up with was shooting off a cannon in every city to mark sunrise and sunset.