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Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time

Michael Downing is obsessed with Daylight Saving, the loopy idea that became the most persistent political controversy in American history. Almost one hundred years after Congressmen and lawmakers in every state first debated, ridiculed, and then passionately embraced the possibility of saving an hour of daylight, no one can say for sure why we are required by law to change our clocks twice a year. Who first proposed the scheme? The most authoritative sources agree it was a Pittsburgh industrialist, Woodrow Wilson, a man on a horse in London, a Manhattan socialite, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Caesars, or the anonymous makers of ancient Chinese and Japanese water clocks…

Submitted:Aug 8, 2005
Author:Michael Downing
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6 diggs • 4 comments • Aug 8, 2005

The Evil Conspiracy behind Daylight Savings Time

Could capitalist greed be the reason behind forcing a nation to add/remove hours from their lives?