Daylight Saving Time 2017: What you need to know about the time change
This weekend, we are about to tear a huge, hour-shaped hole in the space-time continuum.
An hour is going to be gone when you wake up on Sunday morning.
Before you lose your freaking mind, here’s what you need to know.
WHEN? For God’s sake, WHEN?
Saturday night. 2AM.
So what actually happens?
When Daylight Saving Time begins, clocks go forward one hour. This will include the ones used to set network time on your phone.
So, odds are unless you use actual, ticking clocks, you won’t notice at all. You’ll just feel slightly more tired.
If you do have any actual ticking clocks
get rid of them you’ll need to put them forward an hour.
Remind me why we do this again?
It all started back in the dawn of time, in 1895, thanks to a guy in New Zealand.
The idea is that there is more light in the evenings, for activities such as drinking booze.
It was first implemented by German and Austria in 1916 – two countries full of keen drinkers – and since followed by other thirsty countries, including us.
Are there other benefits beside booze?
Studies show that there tends to be less crime and fewer road traffic accidents when daylight hours last longer in the evenings.
People are also generally happier – but in all honesty, it’s mainly about booze.
Go on, have a drink. Thank us later.
When will it ever end?
This crazy rollercoaster is coming to an end on Sunday November 12th 2017.
Darkness will fall on the world again, and we’ll have to rely on artificial lighting to drink booze.