Why Do We Waste Daylight Saving Time?

It's hard to take advantage of the spring time tame.. what can you do with a lost hour of time?

But in the fall, you have a chance to live a single hour twice! This is generally discouraged by the powers that be, since they put this at a time when most people are unconscious, but think of all the things you could do in two hours and claim it was all done within an hour!

Let's say you can run at a speed of 5mph. People wouldn't be very impressed if you told them you ran 5 miles, but if you told them that you ran 10 miles between 1am and 2am, well, that sounds a bit more impressive.

I imagine that flights are the most impressive when it comes to this speed/time ratio. Think how far you could get flying for an hour only to end up somewhere at the same time you left… ooh, what if you crossed a timezone and went backwards and additional hour?! Crazy!

Ok, these are pretty lame. There's gotta be a better way to utilize this phantom hour. Ideas?

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  1. Joe said,

    what about having it be during the most productive hour of the day instead of the least productive. might be an economic stimulus boost.

    in fact, you could do it every day. have the fall back during the day and the spring forward during the night. make people work an extra hour and lose an hour of sleep TOTALLY LEGALLY.

    corporations would love this. and they could sell it by telling people it is a small sacrifice to make for america's long term economic security. it could last for years!

    April 1, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  2. sparx said,

    That's the worst idea I've ever heard.

    April 1, 2009 @ 7:48 am

  3. spudart said,

    How about going forward one hour every hour for 24 hours straight? Where would that leave us?

    July 24, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

  4. sparx said,


    July 24, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  5. spudart said,

    Hey, the post before this day, http://sparxmind.com/how-to-get-more-followers-on-twitter/ doesn't have comments enabled. I want to leave a comment on that post.

    July 24, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  6. spudart said,

    What if every 30 minutes we moved forward one hour? And we did that all the time. What would happen then?

    July 24, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  7. sparx said,

    You'd have a hard time getting to work on time, other than that… chaos? Chaos would happen.

    July 24, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

  8. spudart said,

    What if every 30 minutes we moved forward one hour? Instead of cars, we would travel to work by a time-travel train.

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  9. sparx said,

    If the move forward was simply a change of the displayed time on the clocks, like our DST currently is, then the time-travel would make no difference.
    There would still be no:

    You would only have a few hours to sleep each night, and every day you'd leave for work with the sun in a different part of the sky.

    It would wonk the crap out of life.

    If we were actually doing some weird time travel thing every half hour.. why? It would still screw everything up, but at least our clocks would still be in sync with the day/night cycle.

    I prefer my current rate of travel through time at 1 second per second.

    What is your expected outcome from your time shifting? I think I might be totally missing whatever part of it you find appealing.

    July 25, 2013 @ 9:33 am

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