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Move Over Daylight — Here Comes Standard Time

Move Over Daylight — Here Comes Standard Time

Before you head to bed Saturday night, you may want to push back the clock and clarify curfews with your child ahead of time. November 6, 2011 at 2:00 am is the official end of Daylight Saving Time in most areas of the U.S.

According to U.S. law, states can choose to observe or not observe DST. At present, Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, plus a few other U.S. territories, are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST and stay on standard time all year long. Indiana did not vote to observe DST until April of 2006. Before, some of the states did observe it while others didn’t, which caused a lot of confusion for others not living in the state since Indiana is split between two time zones already, so the time difference became a challenge to figure out.

Many sources reveal that at least 40 countries worldwide observe Daylight Saving Time. Most of Canada observes DST except for the majority of Saskatchewan and parts of northeastern British Columbia.

For obvious reasons, most countries near the equator don’t deviate from standard time.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.