Daylight Saving Time officially turns 100 this year in the United States
The day was enacted on March 19, 1918 by the federal government as a way to conserve coal during World War I. While the government stopped the practice later that year, local governments kept the fun going for years before it was nationally recognized again in 1966.
What better way to celebrate its 100th birthday than by showing up late to all your Sunday plans?
We officially “spring forward” at 2am on Saturday night/Sunday morning, March 11th. That means essentially that the time between 2-3am on Sunday doesn’t exist, and we’ll go right from 1:59am on Sunday to 3am.
The reverse will happen on Sunday, November 4th when we “fall back” at 2am. As a kid, I used to refer to this one as the “magic hour” where nothing you do really counts. Spoiler: I have since learned that things you do during this hour do in fact count.
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As far as logistics, we live in an age where things like our smartphones and computers are likely to make the switch on their own, so you don’t have to worry about changing those clocks.
Still, now is a good time to take inventory of what clocks in your home (or office, coffee pot, or car) you will need to change and put up Post-its (or set a digital reminder) so you’ll remember to make it happen. I can tell you from experience that office wall clock is critical.
Or, you know, be the person who shows up to work an hour late to everything on Monday.