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Time will be on our side, it just happens later than usual this year

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 27, 2007

Getting excited about that extra hour of sleep?


Sorry.


You’ll have to wait a week. Just as we turned the clocks ahead earlier this spring, we’ll push them back later this fall.


Here’s the deal:


-- Conceived by Benjamin Franklin, daylight-saving time is meant to get the most out of summer sunlight. Essentially, we’re moving an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening.


-- Starting this year, daylight-saving time in the United States ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. In earlier years, it ended the last Sunday in October. It also started earlier this year—on the second Sunday of March instead of the first Sunday in April.


-- Congress passed the new rule in 2005 but left room to switch back if people don’t like it or if it doesn’t save as much energy as predicted.


-- Extending daylight-saving time to the first Sunday in November will give trick-or-treaters more light. Child pedestrian deaths are four times higher on Halloween than on any other night of the year.


-- To keep to their timetables, trains cannot leave a station early. When clocks turn back one hour in the fall, all Amtrak trains in the United States that are running on time stop at 2 a.m. and wait one hour.


-- For more interesting time-change facts, visit www.webexhibits.org and click on the picture of Benjamin Franklin.



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