-- NO MAGS, NO SALES -- KRT LIFESTYLE STORY SLUGGED: HOME-KITCATCLOCK KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY LEONARD ORTIZ/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (January 27) Owl Kit-Cat clock named Professor Timebelly made during the 1960's. (lde) 2005

Groggy Decatur County residents will need to adjust their clocks with a one hour jump at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14 for Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Most people will remember to move their timepieces ahead one hour, or “spring forward,” before going to sleep on Saturday, March 13.

Benjamin Franklin, while a minister to France, first suggested the idea of Daylight Saving Time in an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.”

That was in an essay which was published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784. But it was more than a century before an Englishman, William Willett, suggested it again, in 1907. His suggestion eventually got the United States government to agree to subscribe to Daylight Saving Time.

Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time has shown to save in the amount of electricity that is used to keep lights on, according to studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation. While energy savings and more light in the evenings are positive aspects to DST, there have been other benefits. In September of 1999, the West Bank was on Daylight Saving Time while its neighboring Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank terrorists had prepared several time bombs and smuggled them to their Israeli counterparts, who misunderstood the time on the bombs due to the one hour difference. As the bombs were being planted, they exploded, one hour too early, killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims, two busloads of innocent people.

Clocks will retrogress one hour, or “fall back” to standard time, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 later this year.

Information obtained and available at www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving was used in this article.

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