On one side of the globe, people are bracing themselves to meet longer nights and shorter days in the winter. Various stakeholders are now joining in unison to remind the populace near the Western sphere to turn their clocks an hour earlier, Al reports.
This year, everyone is enjoined to turn their clocks an hour early on Sunday, Nov. 1, which ought to be done on Saturday night on the 31st of October. Sunset on the first of November will be around 5:08 p.m. CST.
The annual practice of Daylight Saving is done to allow certain regions that will brave darker days during the winter season to maximize what few hours of daylight there are in a day. In the summer months, the exact opposite is done, and clocks are moved one hour forward, allowing grateful people to spend an extra sixty minutes in bed.
The practice was famously started by Benjamin Franklin who penned an essay called "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light." The thought that moving the time back an hour to save on candles was supported by in Englishman William Willett 1907.
One famous incident involving terrorists and bombs in Israel happened in 1999, when terrorists were so in the dark about Daylight Savings that they failed to set the timers on the bombs at the right hour. The resulting bombs that exploded one hour too early killed three terrorists instead of hapless civilians.
But it is President George W. Bush who handles setting the current timetable for Daylight Saving. In 2005, he signed the Energy Policy Act that started DST on the first Sunday in November.
Meanwhile the BBC reports that though Turkey is due to "fall back" an hour on Saturday like the other countries who will be putting an end of summertime daylight saving, this will not be done until after the polls are over.
The decision has confused Turkish citizens, with much of the populace using the hashtag #saatkac - or "what's the time?" The result has coined a popular term "Erdogan Time."
Turkish residents are angry that Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided not to implement daylight savings until after the election. Unfortunately, this decision in no way keeps the automatic clocks from going ahead and changing the hour.