‘Last Week Tonight’ Asks: ‘Daylight Saving Time – How Is This Still A Thing?’

Daylight Saving Time has impacted all of our lives, and unless you live in places where it isn’t being used, you probably have problems with it every time. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has taken on the concept with a regular segment called “How Is This Still A Thing?”

Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states in the union which aren’t affected by this standard, which the White House is attempting to eliminate, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.

As the video explains, many of us believe that Daylight Saving Time is a concept which helps farmers by giving them more time to do their job, but that isn’t true. Farmers are just as annoyed with it as the rest of us throughout the world.

The truth is that the reason behind this annoying concept began during the first World War, and it was invented by Kaiser Wilhelm as a way to preserve fuel. It was perpetuated when countries around the world adopted it, including the United States via a petition by the people. This led to the belief that it was created by Benjamin Franklin.

Times have changed a lot since World War I, and now it appears that all the idea does is create a general lack of sleep in the Spring and increase our chances of getting into traffic accidents and work related injuries. It’s only an hour, but too many of us get next to no sleep as it is, thanks to our internet habits.

When Indiana adopted the law in 2006, as the video explains, residential electricity usage actually went up by one percent.

Many nations around the world are debating why we still use Daylight Saving Time, such as Australia, Italy, and Germany. Even the nation that started the concept doesn’t understand it now.

It may be time to stop changing our clocks twice a year, says Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and those of us who lost sleep this week probably can’t wait to see an end to the law.

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