While most of us will spend the day recovering from our International Talk Like a Pirate Day, some of us more survivalists types will be preparing for the next big (almost) international event Day Light Savings Time or DST as it is known to people who like to name everything to sound like an STD.
DST started as a concept back in 1906 in New Zealand. No, it wasn’t as many believe Ben Franklin who came up with the idea although he did speculate that rising early could increase productivity. But is losing an hour or two really that devastating?
Take the shift from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory to keep Easter from drifting too far off season each year. Non Catholic and Orthodox countries resisted the modern upgrade as being far too Catholic.
The problem was trade. With bordering countries using totally different calendars nobody knew what time any shipment was to be sent or shipped it was chaos and money was being lost so reluctantly the other countries came to except that the catholic god may be right about this one thing.
Greece was the last to submit holding on to Julian until 1923 and is still struggling to adapt. England switched over in 1752 and had to suffer with an 11 day leap into the future. Sorry folks your rent is due a little early this month. Wednesday 2 September 1752 became Thursday 14 September 1752 in just one night causing confusion among everyone from tax collectors to blackout alcoholics.
Eventually it was all sorted out but the Gregorian calendar is far from perfect which is why we still have DST and leap years. We must all keep productive and working hard in our daylight hours to serve our corporate overlords after all.