Set Clocks Ahead One Hour — Spring Forward

“Time makes us all a prisoner of the present, forever transitioning from our own past into an unknown future.” That not-at-all comforting sentiment comes to us from astrophysicist — and towering voice of reason in these irrational times — Neil deGrasse Tyson. Many of us feel like “prisoners of the present” these days.

But life goes on, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight before going to bed tonight. For the exact time go to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who remind us, as always, it’s Daylight Saving Time! No ess . . . it’s not plural . . . how many times do we have to tell you?!!! That may not be a direct quote, but this is:

DST was formally introduced in the United States in 1918. Today, most of the country and its territories observe DST. However, DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe DST).

Daylight saving time and time zones are regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation, not by NIST. However, as an official timekeeper for the United States, NIST observes all rules regarding DST when it distributes time-of-day information to the public.

Comedian Eugene Mirman and Neil deGrasse Tyson briefly discuss the nature of time on StarTalk.


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