What Time Is It? Daylight Saving Time Ends, Sends America Scrambling

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Daylight Savings Time came to an abrupt, dramatic conclusion and took America by storm early Sunday, prompting millions of people to ask, "What Time Is It?"

Seriously. "Time" is a Trending topic on search engines right now, and not due to a sudden spike in interest regarding the iconic weekly news magazine.

"Daylight Savings Time," "What Time is It?" and "Local Time" are also popular choices. Chaos. It is bedlam out there in America, people. So what happened?

Daylight Savings Time: Fall Back!

It's complex, but we'll break it down for you real quick here:

Early this morning, for the first time since November 2012, U.S. residents (sans Arizona lucky) were required to move their clocks backward one hour.

Just jaw-dropping, unprecedented stuff, we know.

With that in mind, THG has provided a helpful End of Daylight Saving Time visual aid (above) to help you navigate this and keep your anxiety at bay.

You got this, people. We believe. Make us proud.

Follow the jump for more DST fun facts ...

  1. The concept of Daylight Saving Time dates way back to 1895.
  2. The idea - advancing clocks during lighter months so evenings have more daylight and mornings have less - has been praised and criticized.
  3. Historically, retailing, sports and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural and other interests have been opposed to it.
  4. DST's initial adoption was prompted by energy crises and war.
  5. It was recently extended across the U.S. to save energy use.
  6. Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico do not observe it. Lucky.
  7. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9. You may begin planning accordingly ... or just forget and panic all over again that morning.
  8. If you can't figure out how to change the effing clock in your car, don't worry. Just make a mental (or Post-It) note that it's an hour fast until 3/9.

The more you know.