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It's that time of the year again; time for that dreaded loss of that precious hour of sleep. The time when everyone ends up being late for something. No matter how predictable this occurrence might be, everyone seems to get a little bit confused and behind schedule during this change.

For a lot of folks, this time switch might seem a little pointless and annoying, but Day Light Savings in-fact has a great purpose to our lives.

The idea of Day Light Savings was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, and it was not enforced until World War I. Hudson first conjured up the idea of saving daylight while employed as a shift-worker in New Zealand. His leisurely job gave him time to collect insects and he began to deeply value daylight. He presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society, in 1895 that proposed a saving of daylight by a two hour delay of the clocks. This proposal was greatly considered and was later adopted in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Although Hudson was the original, many news publications haphazardly gave the credit to a prominent English man, by the name of William Willet. Willet also conceived the idea of daylight savings in 1905 when he noticed how so many of his fellow Londoners slept through an enormous part of the summer day. His love for golf also played a large part in this idea, because he hated to cut his round short at dusk. Willet's solution was to advance the clock during the summer. This idea was set in a proposal and taken up by a member of Parliament named Robert Pearce.

Pearce first introduced this new Daylight Savings Bill to the House of Commons on February 12, 1908. A small committee was put in charge of examining and passing or rejecting the bill. Unfortunately the bill did not become law, and several other bills failed in following years. Willet lobbied for Day Light Savings to be passed, in the UK, for many, many years until his life came to an end in 1915.

It was not until April 30, 1916 that Day Light Savings was first used. It was during World War I that Germany and its allies wanted to find a way to conserve coal during wartime. Britain, its allies, and many European countries followed suit. Some more strong-willed countries found it useful and followed suit the year after. The United States adopted Day Light Savings in 1918. Ever since then, the world's countries have been enacting, adjusting, and repealing this idea of Saving Daylight.

No matter the history of the act, if you live in the U.S., then today you will be, or already have, set your clocks forward an hour. Some people, like myself, have trouble remembering when to set clocks and whether its forward or backwards.

Thanks to Google and my ingenious search of “Day Light Savings Time” in the search bar, I have found this handy dandy saying that anyone can remember. “Spring Forward, Fall Back”—it easily informs that in the spring time (March, 11 at 2:00 a.m.) you set your clocks forward an hour, and in the fall (November 4 at 2:00 a.m.) you fall back an hour.

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