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Where’s the time machine when you need it?

Why hasn’t an actual time machine been invented yet? There have been many books, movies and T.V. shows that cover the topic of time travel, without anyone actually inventing a method to accomplish it. But wait, that’s not entirely true.

Our government invented forms of time travel-time zones and daylight saving time. Like most people, I absolutely loathe daylight saving time. I hate it when it gets dark so early. Get ready folks, we “fall back” on Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

The time transition really messes with me and our family typically will stick with the “old time” for the first milking after the time changes to help our animals adjust. It really throws me off because even though it’s pitch dark at 5 p.m., I still have things to do. I won’t alter my animal feeding times just to accommodate the light.

They still need to be fed at equal intervals, light or dark.

I don’t have the best electrical outlets by my calf hutches, so I been getting creative. I have quite a few solar lights strategically located to help me be able to see my calves better. With a slow harvest, night time chores have been late so I’ve already started the unfortunate transition into feeding in the dark.

It’s not all that bad, I’ve been figuring out what additional lights and improvements I need to make before winter arrives. If you are bitter about the time changing, I suggest doing a little research on how it began so you know who to properly direct your frustrations at.

There are multiple sources that indicate Benjamin Franklin first introduced the basic idea of saving daylight in 1784.

Money would be saved, Franklin argued, if people rose with the sun and turned in earlier at night, replacing hours of expensive candle use with free morning daylight.

At the time, he was the French ambassador and some historians argue that he was just joking and poking fun at the French’s work ethics.

In 1895, George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, came up with the modern concept of daylight saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.

In 1916, two years into World War I, the German government started brainstorming ways to save energy.

Soon almost every other country that fought in World War I followed suit by implementing daylight saving measures. On March 9, 1918, Congress enacted its first daylight saving law and enacted the Standard Time Act defined time zones in the U.S.

However, not all states have to follow this law. In fact, Arizona and Hawaii don’t follow daylight saving time. Even though there aren’t cool time machines like in the “Back to the Future” movies, there are forms of “time travel.”

While I might eventually enjoy the “extra” hour of sleep during the cold months, you better believe Ben Franklin isn’t my favorite.

For someone who is on the $100 bill, it’s hard to believe he was cheap.

Brittany Moorse

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