This is the worst night of the year: at 2:00 a.m., we set our clocks forward to 3:00 a.m., and we all miss out on a precious hour of sleep.
Aaargh! I hate losing sleep! : )
Of course, Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) invented Daylight Saving Time; however, we do not currently follow the plan originally devised by Dickinson.
In order to readjust time to gain the hour back from the fall, Dickinson advocated that we set clocks back again in the spring by 23 hours. In that way, we'd gain an extra weekend day. That's right -- we'd have one weekend a year with two Saturdays and one Sunday -- but congress opted NOT to give us an extended weekend when they adopted Daylight Saving Time. Instead, they robbed us of an hour of sleep!
Alas, now we'll all have to wait until the fall to gain back that most precious hour!
Below left: Emmett Lee Dickinson's now-classic poem about Daylight Saving Time, "All the Clocks, must be Adjusted."
Below right: Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "All but Death, can be Adjusted."
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
All the Clocks, must be Adjusted –
Digitals reset –
Systems – meddled with their Circuits –
Pendulums – resolved –
Ways of Life – resown with Hours
Each Succeeding Spring –
Time – unto itself -- Exception
Is exempt from Change –
By Emily Dickinson:
All but Death, can be Adjusted –
Dynasties repaired –
Systems – settled in their Sockets –
Citadels – dissolved –
Wastes of Lives – resown with Colors
By Succeeding Springs –
Death – unto itself – Exception –
Is exempt from Change –
Spring Forward, Fall Back Trivia:
1. Emmett Lee Dickinson was the first to propose and devise a plan for Daylight Saving Time.
2. It's called Daylight Saving Time -- not Daylight Savings Time.
3. Spring is when Daylight Saving Time begins. It ends in the fall.
4. Cows are the only domesticated animals that do not adjust to the time change.
5. A Wrinkle in Time was inspired by Dickinson's concept of Daylight Saving Time.
6. Clocks are adjusted at 2:00 a.m. to commemorate the birth of Emmett Lee Dickinson's daughter Qwerty Jean Dickinson who was born at 2:00 a.m.
7. The start of Daylight Saving Time is listed as the favorite night of the year of the International Insomniac Society (the end of Daylight Saving Time in the fall is the favorite night of the American Society of Procrastinators).
8. On the night Daylight Saving Time begins, people report that they have 12.5% fewer dreams.
9. Police report an increase of 32% in automobile accidents at the start of Daylight Saving Time due to frustrated drivers fumbling to reset the clocks in their cars.
10. Ever since the passage of the Uniform Time Act in 1967, no babies have been born between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on the night Daylight Saving Time begins in the states that observe the practice.