People across the country will go through the mild torture of circadian disruption as daylight saving time (DST) comes to an end on Sunday morning. In preparation, writers from all corners of the internet have started debating the merits of falling back and springing forward. They cite various studies proving that adjusting our clocks either increases or decreases energy use, saves lives or costs them, and makes crime rates go up or down.
But no matter the evidence, a whole lot of people just hate DST, complaining that springing ahead leads to more car crashes, sleepier students, and added stress. The haters have launched many, many online petitions to scrap it entirely. One petition asks Congress to “please stop the messing with our schedules.” A 2014 poll found that half of Americans simply don’t see the point.
So what would it take for this anti-DST contingent to kill daylight saving once and for all? Can something as seemingly intractable as time be changed by government decree?
You bet! Daylight saving time was created by government decree after all. The United States actually adopted DST during World War I to save fuel, following Germany’s lead. (That’s right. It had nothing to do with helping farmers get more hours of daylight back in the olden days, contrary to the beliefs of most elementary school students and a number of Grist staffers). Farmers, in particular, opposed the change, and Congress repealed DST after the war ended.
The latest iteration springs from the 1966 Uniform Time Act, which has been tweaked several times since. In 1974, DST was observed year-round in response to the OPEC oil embargo, and it’s been extended twice since then, in 1986 and again in 2005.
States can opt out through legislation or executive action. Legislators in Alaska, California, and several other states have tried (and failed) to end their state’s participation. Two holdouts — Hawaii and Arizona (minus the Navajo Nation) — leave their clocks alone all year long. Scrapping DST nationwide, however, would likely prove more difficult, because it requires an act of Congress.
But the main reason DST is here to stay, says Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, is that it’s good for business. Retailers, home-improvement shops, and other industries benefit from an extra hour of summer daylight, giving people more time to shop, play, and work in the yard. The golf industry, for example, estimates that DST brings in an additional $200 million each year.
Not only do these industries lobby to continue this practice, but they also fight to make it longer. The main push for extending DST into November, Downing says, came from the makers of Halloween candy. Lobbyists even put candy pumpkins on every senator’s chair during DST hearings in 1985.
The only way to end daylight saving time, it seems, is to get big business out of Congress. So until that happens, enjoy the extra hour of sleep. You’ll pay it back in March.
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What song do you believe is ideal for U.S. Election 2016?Hi everyone I’m reblogging this because I think it would be fun for everyone to come up with some ideas! Please send your comments over to Jim’s blog! He’s been sick and had a hard year and I think he would have fun reading your comments….thanks everyone ☺
Stop struggling to find the bottom of your takeout box and unfold it into an easy platter.
It may seem like bananas should be peeled from the stem, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Next time you want to eat a banana try peeling it from the opposite side. Just squeeze that little nub on the end. You’ll be happily surprised.=!
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It has been two months since “The Dress” split the Internet in half, but there is a new debate threatening to end friendships.
The question: Is this cat going up the stairs or down the stairs?
A user on 9gag posted the optical illusion with the caption “up or down?”
Some believe the cat is going down the stairs because you can see the ledges on the stairs. Other see the ledges as caps on either side of the stairs, which means the cat is going up the stairs. It all depends on the angle of the photo.
Here are some theories:
“Down because generally the wood would be flat on the horizontal portion of the stairs and the stone is on the back/vertical portion of the stairs.” – msk08
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Make a bubbling, frothy brew this Halloween that is not only fun, but teaches kids some science too! All you need to get started is a glass jar or cup, vinegar, food coloring, dish soap, glitter (optional), baking soda, and a cookie sheet or baking pan to act as a drip tray. First, fill up the glass cup about halfway with vinegar and place on the tray. Add food coloring of your choice and a dash or two of the dish soap to the vinegar. Give it a quick stir to mix. Add some glitter to the mixture if desired. Take a heaping tablespoon of the baking soda, and dump it into the glass jar. Immediately a chemical reaction begins to take place between the baking soda and the vinegar. Frothy bubbles form as carbon dioxide is created during the reaction. The dish soap helps to amplify…
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Web MD has a short quiz testing what you know about aging — why we wrinkle; do we grow shorter; do we need less sleep as we age….
To take the quiz, click here — then report back to us how you did!
P.S. I got an astonishing 12/12 score, which means I know way too much about aging. LOL
P.P.S. Many FOTM readers are boomers, like I am. Remember the Beatles song, “When I’m sixty-four”? How many of you now think — as we did when we first heard the song — 64 is really really old? LOL
The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek ‘river horse’. They can sleep underwater and will automatically rise and breathe without waking. They are only territorial while in the water and the reproduction and birth occur in the water. Hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs. They are one of the most aggressive creatures in the world, although they look chubby, they can easily outrun a human.
Happy National Dog Day!
This holiday (also known as National Dog Appreciation Day) has been celebrated every year on Aug. 26 since 2004.
The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the U.S. that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
Want to share your pooch? Join us on Facebook and share a picture!
Many dogs even put their lives on the line every day -– for their law enforcement partner, for their disabled companion, and for victims of a tragedy that need to be pulled from wreckage.
National Dog Day founder Colleen Paige said,” I want this to be a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – to help abolish puppy mills and end breed specific legislation so we can create a world where all dogs (and every animal) can live a happy, safe…
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What does North Carolina buy the most of on eBay?
The website Mashable.com has released a map showing the top products bought on the auction-style website for each state in the country.
The Tar Heel state buys the most baby products, according to the website.
Despite that fact, North Carolina does not have the highest birth rate (that would be Utah, which leads eBay sales in eyewear).
To compile the data, the internet retailer analyzed which items states purchase the most.
Earlier this summer, the Missouri legislature approved a law allowing the sale of single 12-ounce bottles of beer in the state. Despite bigger bottles being legal for individual purchase, the traditional 12-ounce size had to be sold in packs of at least three.
The measure’s overwhelming support (passing by a 143 to 1 margin) proved it was an idea whose time had come. However, the United States still has a love affair with its restrictive beer laws, often dating back to the original outrageous beer law: Prohibition.
Here are some strange state laws still in place, which you may or may not recognize based on your life, travels and level of alcohol consumption.
1. Size Matters in Alabama
A law passed in 2012 finally allowed the sale of beer bottles larger than 16 ounces. The new limit: a comparatively whopping 25.4…
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This is so neat!!!!
Thanks is one of the most Beautiful Words in any Language! Here is the big list of Thanks in many languages along with the regions / countries where it is spoken.
Help : Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F’ on your keyboard, and type to jump to the language / region you want. or SCROLL 🙂
HOW TO SAY THANKS
|Afghanistan, Pakistan||Sta na shukria|
|Tanana [Upper Tanana]||Tsen’ii|
|Ju falem nderit|
|Albania & Kosovo…|
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Wednesday, the 13th of August, 2014 is the 225th day in 2014 and in the 33rd calendar week.
International Lefthanders Day
August 13, 2014 in the World
International Lefthanders Day is celebrated on August 13, 2014. It was first observed 13 August 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates the left-handers, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population.
International Lefthanders Day was founded by the Left-Handers Club in 1992, with the club itself having been founded in 1990. International Left-Handers Day is, according to the club, “an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality [meaning left-handedness] and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.”
If you are left-handed, you know that living in a world designed for right-handed people can be quite…
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Companies invest loads of money to make their brands look flawless, however, even the top brands can’t do everything perfectly. Clif Dickens, a graphic designer from Nashville, decided to point out these flaws on his blog, called Honest Slogans.
Instead of writing their own slogans, Clif adds something a bit more honest. The slogans are deceptive in their apparent simplicity – they are exactly what we thought of these brands, but couldn’t put to words ourselves.
(Editor’s Note: With regards to the above text, management of this blog take the position immortalised by Francis Ewan Urquhart, “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment”,
In Jamaica, the ackee fruit is a mixed blessing. Though originally native to West Africa, it migrated to Jamaica in 1778 and is now the country’s national fruit. If improperly eaten, though, ackee can cause what has been dubbed the Jamaican Vomiting Sickness — which, other than the self-explanatory symptoms, can lead to coma or death. Unripe ackee fruit contains a poison called hypoglycin, so preparers must be careful to wait until the fruit’s protective pods turn red and open naturally. Once open, the only edible portion is the yellow arilli, which surround always-toxic black seeds. With all that risk comes a delicious payoff — Jamaica’s national dish is ackee with codfish. You have to commend the bravery of whoever first tried these strange-looking fruits. The ackee is sometimes called a “vegetable brain” because only the inner, brain-shaped, yellowish arils are edible.
Native to the Malay…
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