The 003 Blog (Fall 2006)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

E.S.T.

E.S.T. stands for Eastern Standard Time, which is what we returned to at 2 a.m. this morning when we turned our clocks back one hour. We got an extra hour of sleep today! We continue on EST until April, when we turn the clocks ahead again for Eastern Daylight Time (otherwise known as Daylight Savings Time).

Why, you may ask, do we confuse ourselves this way? I thought it is to enable children to walk to school (or wait at bus stops) in daylight, rather than in darkness. After googling "daylight savings time history" I learned that it is also a way to save energy, and that the idea first came from U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. For more information, see the sidebar for a link to an interesting Daylight Savings site.

Enjoy your extra hour, and don't be late for class on Tuesday!

1 Comments:

  • I've been wondering what EST time was since I heard the term on CNN podcast. So it was interesting for me to know about EST and the purposes of the idea!

    By Blogger Hiromi, at 10:01 AM  

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