The blanket has been cut, re-sewn and yet changed in size not one iota, as the meme goes.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday March 8, those dancing till dawn may note a sudden shift in hour—and it won’t be because they are carried away by the beat. It will suddenly become 3 a.m., as the annual ritual known as Daylight Saving Time goes into effect.
The oft-debated practice has many detractors and few admirers. As the Los Angeles Times notes, it has historically been attributed to none other than Benjamin Franklin, the alleged discoverer of electricity, to save in energy costs. In his case, it was candles, as he purportedly wrote in a letter to a friend.
"If I had not been awakened so early in the morning, I should have slept six hours longer by the light of the sun, and in exchange have lived six hours the following night by candlelight; the latter being a much more expensive light than the former," he wrote in a letter from Paris, according to the Los Angeles Times. Then he produced some numbers, calculating “massive savings” for Parisians who got out of bed earlier. “In his letter, he was being sarcastic, but his argument about energy savings has echoed down the centuries.”
So we owe the groggy, pine-for-that-hour-all-summer, mornings that will begin on Sunday to a bout of sarcasm? That is hard to swallow.
Daylight Saving Time is not universally observed, even in Indian country. Famously, the Navajo Nation is the only place in Arizona that does put the clocks ahead, though the Hopi in the middle of that territory do not.
Myths about Daylight Saving Time abound, and there are no shortage of lists out this year debunking them. For one thing, it was not invented for farmers. Farmers actually dislike the practice the most, says the Washington Post. For another, it is not an energy saver as first surmised. What people save in lighting, they more than make up for in air conditioning or gasoline bills, since more light equals more heat, as National Geographic reports. Moreover, there is often an increase in drowsy driving and other health hazards in the week after DST begins.
The potential solution? Daylight Saving Time year round. Turns out it’s not the shift in hours itself that irks folks, it’s the change itself. In fact the New Mexico state legislature has introduced a bill to keep this time change permanent, according to KFOX14 online.
"Many people don't want to move their clocks, whether it's backwards, forwards, or sideways, the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development spokesperson Michael O'Malley told National Geographic. “They just want to pick a time and stick with it."