Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daylight Shifting Time

Daylight Saving Time is one of the greatest scams of all time.  As though we are somehow able to manipulate the amount of time it takes the earth to spin on its axis to actually provide us with additional daylight. 

There are 2 books I have read in regads to the craziness that makes up Daylight Saving Time.  By the way, note that it is Daylight SAVING Time and not Daylight SAVINGS Time.  The word 'Saving' is singular and not plural although the vast majority get it wrong, as if we could somehow save time in the plural sense.

Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time and Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time are both great books explaining the history, myth and fact behind the instituation of fooling ourslves into thinking we have more daylight.

A more accurate name would be Daylight Shifting Time.  The act of 'saving' is actual an act of shifting daylight.  We shift daylight hours to be later during the summer and then we unshift them in the fall.  The reasons are vast and the books explain them all but from my perspective it is all a joke.  Why fall back at all? 

Coming soon - my political involvement and Indiana's history with DST.