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Old 10-28-2006, 02:40 PM   #11
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Old 10-28-2006, 03:00 PM   #12
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I have this idea I`ve held for a long time now, why not just do 30 mins change (split the difference ONCE) and just leave it alone?

30 mins is neither here nor there for anything of significance, so why not just do that and stop messing us all about twice a year! Grrrr...


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Old 10-28-2006, 03:56 PM   #13
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DST was originally to save candle wax.

It appears to be pretty much set in stone in the USA, starting in 2007, DST starts earlier and ends later. Here's a table of dates and some interesting background.
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:09 PM   #14
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Ben Franklin suggested it awhile back. I would prefer to stay on Daylight Saving Time and never go back to standard time. I prefer to have as many daylight hours in the evening as possible, rather than early morning.

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Old 10-28-2006, 07:21 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by bullseye
Why do we do this time change thing? Can't we just adjust to the rhythm of the seasons?

Somewhere deep in a brain cell, I remember it had something to do with farmers getting crops to town or the train.....it still never made sense to me.
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:32 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Half Baked

Somewhere deep in a brain cell, I remember it had something to do with farmers getting crops to town or the train.....it still never made sense to me.
Time zones were created because of the trains.

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Time Zones

Standardized in 1884

Prior to the late nineteenth century, time keeping was a purely local phenomenon. Each town would set their clocks to noon when the sun reached its zenith each day. A clockmaker or town clock would be the "official" time and the citizens would set their pocket watches and clocks to the time of the town - enterprising citizens would offer their services as mobile clock setters, carrying a watch with the accurate time to adjust the clocks in customer's homes on a weekly basis. Travel between cities meant having to change one's pocket watch upon arrival.
However, once railroads began to operate and move people rapidly across great distances, time became much more critical. In the early years of the railroads, the schedules were very confusing because each stop was based on a different local time.
The standardization of time was essential to efficient operation of railroads.
In 1878, Canadian Sir Sanford Fleming proposed the system of worldwide time zones that we use today. He recommended that the world be divided into twenty-four time zones, each spaced 15 degrees of longitude apart. Since the earth rotates once every 24 hours and there are 360 degrees of longitude, each hour the earth rotates one-twenty-fourth of a circle or 15 degrees of longitude. Sir Fleming's time zones were heralded as a brilliant solution to a chaotic problem worldwide.
United States railroad companies began utilizing Fleming's standard time zones on November 18, 1883. In 1884 an International Prime Meridian Conference was held in Washington D.C. to standardize time and select the Prime Meridian. The conference selected the longitude of Greenwich, England as zero degrees longitude and established the 24 time zones based on the Prime Meridian. Although the time zones had been established, not all countries switched immediately. Though most U.S. states began to adhere to the Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern time zones by 1895, Congress didn't make the use of these time zones mandatory until the Standard Time Act of 1918.
Today, many countries operate on variations of the time zones proposed by Sir Fleming. All of China (which should span five time zones) uses a single time zone - eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (known by the abbreviation UTC - based on the time zone running through Greenwich at 0 degrees longitude). Australia uses three time zones - its central time zone is a half-hour ahead of its designated time zone. Several countries in the Middle East and South Asia also utilize half-hour time zones.
Since time zones are based on segments of longitude and lines of longitude narrow at the poles, scientists working at the North and South Poles simply use UTC time. Otherwise, Antarctica would be divided into 24 very thin time zones!
The time zones of the United States are standardized by Congress and although the lines were drawn to avoid populated areas, sometimes they've been moved to avoid complication. There are nine time zones in the U.S. and its territories, they include Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii-Aleutian, Samoa, Wake Island, and Guam.
With the growth of the Internet and global communication and commerce, some have advocated a new worldwide time system.
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:40 PM   #17
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Here is a site that tells all about Daylight Savings Time around the world.


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Old 10-28-2006, 07:41 PM   #18
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Wow, I`m really astonished, I thought it was only us UKers that were daft enough to keep doing this twice a year!
I feel in good company again now :)
Ahh, but when you uk'ers change your clocks ahead in the spring, we do it one week later than you, which makes for an interesting time when our family from the Uk call or we call them around the time change. So instead of having a 5 hours difference to the UK, we have a six hour difference for that one week.
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Old 10-28-2006, 07:49 PM   #19
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Back in 1988, I was in labour with my daughter, Coco.... during labour, the clocks were changed back an hour. I was being slammed with demerol in addition to several strangers sticking large and intrusive instruments into areas of my person that were better left to pleasurable endeavours... I recall noticing about the time change, insisting I was unable to go through that last hour all over again.

My dolly, Coco , will be 18 on Monday. Such a beautiful dolly...such a big girl now. I wish I had my dolly at 6 years old again, just for one day...

I know all about those evil clocks...
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Old 10-28-2006, 09:18 PM   #20
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All of Canada except Saskatchewan observes the time change too. Weird.

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