9 March 2014
Few interesting facts about DST – but don’t tell my mom!!
I did not explain all these to my mom today – she would be further confused…
- DST is less than 100 years old. (98 in Central Europe and 96 in US)
- DST was first proposed by a guy in New Zealand who wanted more daylight to follow his profession – studying insects!!
- DST was subsequently proposed by another guy in UK who was frustrated with his back nine game in golf with less sunlight.
- Most of the countries scrapped DST after first world war (except a couple in Europe and Canada)
- Many adopted them back during second world war and the oil crisis of 70s. US standardized on it only in 1966.
- Many have scrapped it ever since!
- More inhabited land is covered in this world by countries who have scrapped DST than by those who currently observe it or those who never observed it.
- And this is going to completely flummox my mom – in spite of all her confusion, the fact is when she was born, India had Daylight savings. (during second world war when India was under the British). Subsequently it was scrapped. I bet this is a surprise for most of Indian friends too!