Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I Want My Hour Back, Ben

We've got Benjamin Franklin to thank for daylight saving time -- for our gained and lost hours -- for sleeping past Sunday morning appointments -- for all that stuff we experience twice a year when we set the clocks forward or backward.
So, thanks for nothing, Ben.
Here's what happened.  While he was an American envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin (who, by the way, gave us the pithy saying Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.) suggested that the folks in France could save on candles if they got up earlier.  And one thing led to another.
Messing with time isn't anything unusual.  We've been doing it for as long as -- well, the day is long.
None of this manipulation has even come close to solving the real problem.
No matter what we do to slow it down, time still flies.
So, Ben, give me back my hour.

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