brier March 7, 2014 No Comments

Saturday night or Sunday morning we will all mindlessly set our clocks ahead and bemoan the hour we won’t get back until October.

And on Monday and Tuesday, our risk of having a car accident will rise about 6%, research shows, as will our chances of being in a workplace accident. Productivity traditionally plummets too, in the days after a shift to daylight saving time.

So why do we all engage in this annual ritual?

Probably not for the reasons you think.

There’s a national myth that we switch our clocks to give more daylight to the farmers, but it wasn’t until 1966, when the farm lobby was shrunk and weakened, that their half-century of opposition to daylight saving was overruled.

Ben Franklin didn’t invent it either, although he did suggest that cannons should be fired off at dawn so the lazy Parisians of the mid-18th century didn’t waste precious daylight hours.

And, contrary to popular belief, switching our clocks doesn’t save energy — in fact, it adds to our tab

Read more here.