Get your hoe ready…it’s Daylight Savings Time! Wait; what!?

Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

Get your hoe ready…it’s Daylight Savings Time!   Wait, what!?

Yeah, we did a double take on that as well…so before you jump to the incorrect conclusion that this author is being derogatory, sexist or just plain insensitive…give me two sentences to investigate what-in-the-heck “Getting your hoe ready” has to do with Daylight Savings time…ready?

Before you jump to the incorrect conclusion that this author is being derogatory or sexist, give me two sentences to investigate what-in-the-heck “Getting your hoe ready” has to do with Daylight Savings time…ready?

Like most of you who happen to live in parts of the world who observe daylight savings time in March, you are probably suffering the effects daylight savings and losing an hour or sleep…but also may see the fact that the sun will set later in the day as a benefit.  …and with that on wages the age old debate whether daylight savings is a good thing or a bad thing or is it just a thing that we do because we have always done it?.  We have learned that was a poster published in 1918 titled “VICTORY! CONGRESS PASSES DAYLIGHT SAVING BILL” showing Uncle Sam turning a clock to daylight saving time as a clock-headed figure throws his hat in the air. The clock face of the figure reads “ONE HOUR OF EXTRA DAYLIGHT”. The bottom caption says “Get Your Hoe Ready!”.  Although the original artist’s monogram has not been identified, the original color lithograph is 95 cm × 53 cm and is part of the Library of Congress.

Truly amazing, right?   The whole poster can be seen here:

Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

The opponents of daylight savings tend to make arguments that 1) the actual energy savings are inconclusive, 2) that DST increases health risks such as heart attack, 3) that DST can disrupt morning activities and 3) and that the act of changing clocks twice a year is economically and socially disruptive and cancels out any benefit.  …as you can imagine from the poster, Farmers had tended to oppose DST in the past.

Check out this pretty well done explanation by Dnews

So what do you think?  Do you you think Daylight Savings should continue?  Do you think Daylight Savings should stay as “Daylight savings time” all year around?  Do you think time should stay as Standard Time all year round?  Let us know what you think below!

TLDR; Don’t worry, if you were not ready this year, you still have time to “get your hoe ready” for Daylight savings time next year.  Don’t miss out!

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