Saturday, March 8, 2008

DST, for the benefit of Hootie and the Blowfish, Kwik-E-Mart

"This is the first time I've ever been early for work. Except for all those daylight savings days. Lousy farmers." - Homer Simpson

It's a common misunderstanding that Daylight Savings is designed to benefit farmers, but in fact DST adversely affect many farming procedures. Grain harvesting, for example, is best done after dew evaporates so an earlier work schedule yields lesser results. Conversely, according to 1984 research conducted by Fortune Magazine, a seven week extension would benefit 7-Eleven stores to the tune of thirty million and the The National Golf Foundation estimated that their industry would see upwards of $300 million in increases.

One of the early goals of DST was to decrease electrical costs, but a recent in-depth study t the University of California proves, with "clear and unambiguous findings" that it actually increases those costs. Lighting bills are somewhat lower, but heating and air-conditioning costs rise.

Clocks go forward an hour tonight at two am.

1 comment:

m said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. Thanks for reminding me about Daylight Saving Time.

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