Not-so-fun facts about Daylight Saving Time

First, Benjamin Franklin did not invent it. He did write a letter to the editor in 1784, complaining about people who sleep past sunrise. “Let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards,” he wrote.  It was a JOKE, people! 

Second fun fact: The actual inventor was a New Zealand entomologist, George Vernon Hudson, who wanted more daylight for hunting bugs. He suggested a two-hour shift every season. Count your blessings!

And the third fun fact? It’s actually Daylight SAVING Time. Not SAVINGS. It’s just like “money-saving coupons” or “life-saving treatment.” And yet, oddly, we don’t use a hyphen.