Why We Dislike George Hudson

If you live in the US or in most of Europe, you recently observed Daylight Savings Time.  This, in theory, gave you an extra hour of sleep so that your subsequent days were a better balance of light during the waking hours and dark during sleep (that whole psychology of light at work).  Well...

Saying the transition was difficult in my house might be an understatement....it's Monday and we still aren't transitioned!  I am so sleep deprived and so frustrated that I needed someone to blame - enter George Hudson.

Credit: Wikipedia
George Hudson is credited with "inventing" the idea of modern-day daylight savings time.  He wrote a paper in 1895 proposing the shift to allow for more after-hours daylight for workers.  His original paper, which was presented to the Wellington Philosophical Society, proposed a two-hour shift.  Why the interest in after-hours daylight?  Apparently, Hudson's hobby involved collecting insects and he only had time to do this after his "day job" ended.
Many modern publications credit Daylight Savings Time to William Willett who was an English builder and outdoors man who independently conceived of Daylight Savings Time in 1905.  William's solution was to advance the clock during the summer months to allow for more leisure activities.  He also published a paper, but his paper found a supporter in the House of Parliament who submitted a Daylight Savings Time bill in 1908.  The bill did not pass, but it was the first attempt at a national level to adopt Daylight Savings Time.  We did not truly see Daylight Savings Time implemented until wartime (specifically WWI) when Germany and their allies utilized it as a way to save coal and reduce fuel costs. 

So, there you have it.  If you're a parent of a two-legged or four-legged baby who is still adjusting to the new time, and you need someone to blame, you have a choice!  George Hudson, William Willett, or even Germany!  Either way, I'm glad I have a face to put with the event....now I know who is on my hit list should I ever get a trip in a TARDIS.

I hope everyone had a joyful cosplay day! (Halloween). Check back on Wednesday to see A2-D2 discuss her Halloween costume, and I'll see you again on Friday!

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  1. Seriously, I say down with Daylight Savings Time! My son woke up at 5 and I, too, wanted to off George Hudson...aside from the fact that he's already dead lol.

  2. I agree! I think it is worth a trip in time to prevent it!

  3. I would agree, but I haven't lived any where in the world where I have to participate in DST, in a long time.