It’s time again for daylight saving time, which means it’s also a good time to ponder some DST trivia.
Maybe you won’t feel like it as you drag yourself out of bed Sunday after losing an hour’s sleep Saturday night.
But the good news is there will now be an extra hour of sunlight in the evening in the months ahead to play ball, take a walk and enjoy the outdoors.
In the meantime, here are six fun facts, including some famous quips, to put a smile on your face as you’re changing your clocks:
1. It’s good to get a head start: The time change officially starts Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m. local time, so consider setting clocks ahead by 60 minutes before hitting the hay Saturday night, experts suggest.
2. Check the smoke detectors: The changing of clocks is good reminder to put fresh batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios. Do it again when standard time returns Nov. 6.
3. Some folks in U.S. don’t bother: No time change in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
4. Blame Canada: Daylight saving time started in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada, to squeeze in an extra hour of daylight. It spread from there. In the United States, it began in 1918, but the nation has tinkered with it endlessly, changing dates or repealing it for a while altogether.
5. Some aren’t done tinkering: California Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D- San Jose, is proposing Assembly Bill 2496, which calls for the state to observe Standard Pacific Time during the entire year.
6. Some think this is funny: To prove it, here are a few quotes about daylight saving time, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times:
- Dave Barry: “You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight saving time.”
- Victor Borge: “I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.”
- David Letterman: “Don’t forget it’s daylight saving time. You spring forward, then you fall back. It’s like Robert Downey Jr. getting out of bed.”
“Daylight Savings Time started this weekend, and I finally won the 4-month battle with my oven clock.” -Stephen Colbert
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) March 11, 2014
The Associated Press and Cleveland.com contributed to this report.