WARWICK, RI — Daylight Saving Time takes effect 2 a.m. tomorrow, and while many clocks managed by the entities currently learning to BS their way through ninth grade English assignments jump ahead on their own, some require old-fashioned attention.
The idea of Spring Forward, Fall Back, and Daylight Saving Time was introduced by Ben Franklin, who suggested in a letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784 titled: “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that it would make the best use of daylight hours.
National Geographic.com’s “The Strange and Surprising History of Daylight Saving Time”, points out the satirical nature of Franklin’s piece, but hints at the possibility that the US Ambassador to France, an renowned advocate of thrift, saw the merit in the idea but cloaked it in humor. Maybe when we Spring Forward Sunday, we’ll all be in on the joke. Maybe we’re the butt of it.
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