13 Weird Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time once thwarted a bombing

In 1999, a Palestinian terrorist group had planned to carry out a car bombing against Israel, when they were stopped by their own country’s adherence to Daylight Saving Time. They programmed the bomb to explode at a certain time, but because of Daylight Saving Time, the bomb went off an hour before they expected, and ended up killing the terrorists who were setting it. No civilians were harmed.

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Daylight Saving Time sometimes affects birth order

There are a few registered cases of twins being born when Daylight Saving Time reverts back to Standard Time, and this can affect their official birth order. If one twin is born at 1:30 AM, and the second is born at 2:01 AM, then technically the second twin becomes the older twin, because DST would change his/her time of birth to 1:01 AM. This happened in 2007, to Laura Cirioli in South Carolina, whose twins officially switched birth order on paper when they were born on Daylight Saving Time.

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Daylight Saving Time cuts down on violent crime

US Law Enforcement studies have found that violent crime goes down by 10-13% during periods of Daylight Saving Time, because the daylight hours are extended while people are still out and about. The report posited that since there was more daylight, crimes that rely on the cover of darkness like theft and sexual assault were reduced during DST.

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