Daylight Saving Time. It's finally here, people.
Almost. In just a few short hours, it will be, and when that time comes, we will in fact save daylight, turning the clocks back FOR GOOD.
Or at least until March 12, 2017 arrives.
Let's break it all down real quick here: Sunday morning (November 6), Americans will come together and turn their clocks back.
The savings of time? One ... entire ... hour.
For all you Americans looking forward to a long, dark winter and the sun setting at freaking 4:00 on the east coast, it's a thing of beauty.
Which is virtually no one ever. But whatever.
Hey, at least you get an extra hour of sleep!
Well, unless you have kids who have no idea what the f--k is going on and just get up after X hours of sleep like they otherwise would.
Okay, scratch that too. This sucks!
Anyway, Daylight Saving Time remains inherently confusing for some people for some reason, which is why is THG is here to assist.
See helpful graphics above. BAM!!
If that's still not sufficient, here's a more detailed rundown of Daylight Saving Time 2016, and what you can expect next year, to boot:
- Daylight Saving Time began on Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.
- Time "springs" forward in the spring (how appropriate, as shown in the diagram below) and "falls" back by one hour (above, also fitting).
- TIP: Set your clocks ahead an hour before you go to bed.
- OR stay up until 2 a.m., turn the clocks to 1 a.m., then sleep.
- iPhones will do this automatically. Microwaves? Not so much.
- If you can't figure out how to change the effing clock in your car, don't worry. Make a mental (or Post-It) note that it's fast until 3/12/16.
- It'll start getting dark at f--king 4:30, as we said before. S--t.
- The concept of Daylight Saving Time dates all the way back to 1895, when the U.S. economy was much more agriculturally-based.
- In recent years, the duration of DST was extended to save energy nationwide. Translation: At least it's not October-April?
- Standard Time is a misnomer, as it's a shorter chunk of the year.
- In 2017, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 (above).
- Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico residents: Disregard.
There you go, people. After processing all of this vitally insightful and crucial information, you can consider yourselves officially prepared.