Fall back: Trivia on time change

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

-- Itís daylight-saving time, not daylight savings time.

-- A U.S. Department of Transportation study found that daylight-saving time cuts electricity usage nationwide by about 1 percent a day. (In New Zealand, power companies say the drop is about 3.5 percent.)

-- About 70 countries worldwide observe daylight-saving time. The only major industrialized nations that donít: Japan, India and China.

-- In 1999, a terrorist attack on Israelís West Bank was thwarted when the terrorists failed to take into account the switch back to standard time. The bomb went off an hour early, killing only the terrorists.

-- For a time, beginning in 1965, St. Paul, Minn., observed daylight-saving time while its twin city across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis, did not.

-- As David Prerau points out in his book, ďSeize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time,Ē a curious thing could happen to twins born this Nov. 4 (the day we revert back to standard time): A first twin born at 1:59 a.m. could actually be younger, on paper, than his/her sibling born a minute later, at what would then, accounting for the time change, be 1 a.m.

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