In the spirit of more daylight hours, we thought we'd drop a little cocktail-party-fodder knowledge about how Daylight Saving Time (DST) came to pass.
This may come as a surprise to many, but it's really called Daylight Saving, not savings.
Think of it like you would when considering ways to SAVE precious hours of Georgia sunshine so you can spend more time on the Atlanta BeltLine.
You may know that the twice yearly time swap was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin. George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand (where my husband is for the next three weeks!), also proposed it in 1895, to give him more after-work hours for his bug hunting. Seven years later, the Brit William Willett (great-great-great grandpa of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin) similarly hit on the idea while out horseback riding. Because who doesn't want more time to ride horses (I'm looking at you, barn friends)?
It wouldn't be until 1916, when Germany became the first to pass DST into law to save energy during WWI.
In 1966, the United States passed the Uniform Time Act, enacting DST and defining time zones. But Arizona and Hawaii remain holdouts -- they get DST all year long. California and Florida may not be far behind (the Sunshine State last year approved the delightfully named "Sunshine Protection Act," seeking to permanently remain in DST).
Some fear that DST can be dangerous to our health. Studies have shown that the first Monday after we spring forward shows higher rates of car crashes, workplace fatalities and even heart attacks.
But we believe that having an extra hour of sunshine after work gets us exercising, dining al fresco and generally feeling uplifted. There are a ton of great places to enjoy more sweet sunshine.