It was first introduced to America, in an elementary format, by founding father and inventor Benjamin Franklin, following his post as Ambassador to France. While there, Franklin suggested that Parisians ought to economize on candles by rising earlier in the morning to take advantage of the daylight hours. While Franklin was not the first person to propose this idea, he brought it back with him to America in the late 1700's. The modern format of daylight savings as we know it now was shaped at a much later date via input from many other scientists around the world.
So if you're thankful for that extra hour of coziness under your covers in the dark you got yesterday, you can thank dear old Ben for it. Or... if you don't like it, you can consider moving to a state or U.S. territory that does not observe daylight savings, including parts of Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
(Courtesy of MarketWatch)
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