Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time is Upon Us

The clocks will roll from 1:59 to 3:00 a.m. Sunday

Saturday, Mar 9, 2013  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday Morning

Around 400 clocks had to be turned an hour forward at the Hands of Time clock shop in Savage, Md.

It's that time of year again. Time to sacrifice an hour of sleep in exchange for later sunsets.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday morning, when the clock magically jumps from 1:59 to 3:00 a.m.

So here are some fun facts about the one day that seems to be universally loathed.

*The day is regulated by the Department of Transportation. That's because time zones and standards were first put in place by the railroad industry.

*Even if you don't like it, Daylight Saving Time does have some benefits. Scientists say more light at nighttime cuts down on crime and car accidents.

*It also saves lots of energy. In fact, the Department of Energy predicts that one hour saves enough energy to power 100,000 homes for a year.

*There are some drawbacks to that lost hour. Companies report losing a total of $434 million in lost production and medical expenses.

*There are some places that simply don't observe Daylight Saving Time. Most of Arizona and all of Hawaii and Puerto Rico simply continue as if it never happened.

So there you go, Daylight Saving Time explained. Now don't forget to spring forward, and be sure to check your smoke alarms as well!

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