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Re: Weather now DST


In a message dated 02/27/2005 6:22:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
jsinger@igc.org writes:
Please do. It's one of life's most inane rituals.


On Sunday, February 27, 2005, at 06:34 PM, Kitty wrote:

> So just IN and AZ are sane?
> I really don't know about the rest of the world.  I don't even know if
> Canada bothers.  I'll ask.

This may not answer you questions, but is an exerpt from a
piece in my club's newsletter.
  The idea of Daylight Saving Time was first mentioned in a whimsical essay
by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, titled bTurkey vs. Eagle, McCauley is my
Beagle.b
  It was first advocated seriously by a London builder, William Willett
(1865-1915), who proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays
in
April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September. A
bill was introduced in the British Parliament in 1909, and was met with
ridicule
and opposition.  However a bSummer Timeb bill was adopted in 1917,
following
a similar enactment in Germany, with the object of saving coal.   During World
War II, clocks remained ahead throughout the year, and were set ahead for two
hours during the summer.
  Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that Daylight
Saving Time trims the entire countrybs electricity usage by a significant,
but
small amount, of less than one percent each day.  There is also a small public
health benefit to Daylight Saving Time.  Studies in the U.S. and Britain have
found that daylight, almost certainly because of improved visibility,
substantially decreases (by four times) the likelihood of pedestrians being
killed on
the roads.

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