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Daylight Savings Facts

Whether you savor the extra sunlight in the summer or dread the jarring time jump, Daylight Saving Time is inevitable (at least in most parts of the country). Here are 10 things you should know before making the biannual change.

1. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS HALF JOKING WHEN HE SUGGESTED IT.

More than a century before Daylight Saving Time (DST) was adopted by any major country, Benjamin Franklin proposed a similar concept in a satirical essay. In the piece, published in 1784, he argued:

All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity […] Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is more than probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening; and, having had eight hours sleep, he will rise more willingly at four in the morning following.

In one prophetic passage, he pitched the idea as a money-saver (though at the time people would have been conserving candle wax rather than electricity). To enforce the out-there plan Franklin suggested taxing shutters, rationing candles, banning non-emergency coach travel after dark, and firing cannons at sunrise to rouse late-sleepers. While his essay clearly brought up some practical points, Franklin may have originally written it as an excuse to poke fun at the French for being lazy. He wrote that the amount of sunlight that goes wasted each morning would likely come as a shock to readers who “have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon.”

2. OFFICIAL CREDIT FOR THE IDEA GOES TO A BUG COLLECTOR.

The first serious case for DST came from a peculiar place. While working at a post office by day, an entomologist who did most of his bug hunting at night soon became frustrated by how early the sun set during the summer months. He reasoned that springing the clocks forward would allow more daylight for bug collecting—along with other evening activities. The clocks could be switched back in the winter when people (and bugs) were less likely to be found outdoors.

When the idea was proposed to a scientific society in New Zealand in 1895 it was panned for being pointless and overly complicated. Just two decades later, Daylight Saving Time would begin its spread across the developed world.

3. WWI PUSHED DAYLIGHT SAVING INTO LAW.

In 1916, Germany became the first country to officially adopt Daylight Saving Time. It was born out of an effort to conserve coal during World War I, and Britain, along with many other European nations, was quick to follow the Germans’ lead. It wasn’t until 1918 that the time change spread to the U.S. A year after entering the war, America began practicing DST as an electricity-saving measure. Most countries, including the U.S., ceased official observation of the switch following wartime. Until, that is …

4. IT GAINED RENEWED POPULARITY DURING THE ENERGY CRISIS.

The U.S. reconsidered DST in the 1970s, when, once again, the argument pivoted back to energy conservation. The oil embargo of 1973 had kicked off a nationwide energy crisis and the government was looking for ways to reduce public consumption. Daylight Saving Time was imposed in the beginning of 1974 to save energy in the winter months. Not everyone was enthusiastic about the change: Some of the harshest critics were parents suddenly forced to send their children to school before sunrise.

5. IT MAY ACTUALLY BE AN ENERGY WASTER.

Despite Daylight Saving Time’s origins as an energy saving strategy, research suggests it might actually be hurting the cause. One 2008 study conducted in Indiana found that the statewide implementation of DST two years earlier had boosted overall energy consumption by one percent. While it’s true that changing the clocks can save residents money on lighting, the cost of heating and air conditioning tends to go up. That extra hour of daylight is only beneficial when people are willing to go outside to enjoy it.

6. IT’S ALSO A HEALTH HAZARD.

Even if DST was good for your energy bill, that wouldn’t negate the adverse impact it can have on human health. Numerous studies show that the extra hour of sleep we lose by springing ahead can affect us in dangerous ways. An increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and susceptibility to illness have all been linked to the time change.

7. BUT THERE ARE SOME BENEFITS.

Though people love to complain about it, Daylight Saving Time isn’t all bad news. One notable benefit of the change is a decrease in crime. According to one study published in 2015, daily incidents of robbery dropped by seven percent following the start of DST in the spring. This number was heavily skewed by a 27 percent dip in robberies during the well-lit evening hours.

8. IT’S NOT OBSERVED NATIONWIDE.

DST has been widely accepted across the country, but it’s still not mandated by federal law. U.S. residents resistant to springing forward and falling back each year might consider moving to Arizona. The state isn’t exactly desperate for extra sunlight, so every spring they skip they time jump. This leaves the Navajo Nation, which does observe the change, in a peculiar situation. The reservation is fully located within Arizona, and the smaller Hopi reservation is fully located within the Navajo Nation. The Hopi ignores DST like the rest of Arizona, making the Navajo Nation a Daylight Saving donut of sorts suspended one hour in the future for half the year.

9. IT STARTS AT 2 A.M. FOR A REASON.

Daylight Saving Time doesn’t begin at the stroke of midnight like you might expect it to. Rather, the time change is delayed until most people (hopefully) aren’t awake to notice it. By waiting until two in the morning to give or take an hour, the idea is that most workers with early shifts will still be in bed and most bars and restaurants will already be closed.

10. THE CANDY INDUSTRY LOBBIED FOR AN EXTENSION.

Until recently, losing an hour of daylight in the fall presented a problem for the candy industry. That’s because Daylight Saving Time traditionally ended on the last Sunday in October, a.k.a. before Halloween night. Intense lobbying to push back the date went on for decades. According to one report, candy lobbyists even went so far as to place tiny candy pumpkins on the seats of everyone in the senate in 1986. A law extending DST into November finally went into effect in 2007.

2018 Beer and Fear Bash-Castle McCulloch

Don’t miss the Triad’s best night of fright this Saturday(Oct. 27th) at Castle McCulloch!  From great costumes to awesome live shows it’s an event you don’t want to miss!  Tickets sell out fast!  Visit their website for directions and other details.

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Halloween Facts

Halloween is a big part of autumn. Here are some fun facts about Halloween:

  • The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black come from two different sources. First, orange is the color of autumn leaves and pumpkins, which have come to symbolize Halloween. Black is the color of darkness and mystery, which matches the theme of ghosts and other spooky creatures at Halloween.
  • There is no scientific proof that ghosts exist; however, there is a field of study called parapsychology that is dedicated to studying spooky phenomena like ghosts and psychic powers. Parapsychologists use scientific method to explore strange phenomena and learn more about things like ghosts.
  • Halloween was originally a holiday to honor the dead, and the holiday was known as All Hallows Eve. The date, October 31, is the last day of the Celtic calendar.
  • Wearing masks on Halloween is an ancient Celtic tradition. Ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween, and they wore masks to hide from the spirits.
  • Vampire folklore comes from Romania. Romanians in the 18th century believed that the dead could rise.

Happy October!

With the start of the spooky season here, why not check out one of the local haunts?

Woods of Terror, located at 5601 N. Church St., has been open for almost 30 years and always ranks high on the list for the best haunted attractions in the nation!

It is open from mid September-November 3rd.

If you are feeling brave go check them out!

https://woodsofterror.com/

Rockaway Eatery

Check out the neighborhoods newest restaurant, Rockaway Eatery!


With menu items ranging from real fruit juice smoothies and gourmet coffees to lunch wraps and amazing hamburgers, this will definitely become one of your regular spots.

It’s just a 5 minute drive from The Lodge on Wendover Avenue, behind the BP gas station and next to Golds gym.

Check Out Their Menu Here!

Clean Your Indoor Air Naturally!

Did you know one of the best ways to clean the air in your home is to have certain plants?

Wondering where to get some?  The Greensboro Curb Market will be featuring a plant sale on April 22!

If you don’t want to wait, check out Carolina Gardens on Randleman Road!

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Any of the plants in the picture are great for keeping your home healthy.  Lets dig a little deeper into a few of them:

  • Orchids: may seem like a hard to plant to care for, but they actually thrive on neglect.  Don’t kill them with kindness (too much water and sunlight).  They filter: xylene , a pollutant found in many glues and paints.  Orchids respire and give off oxygen at night – so they’re great for the bedroom!  And they just look so good in decor which is win/win!

  • Palms:  hardy, exotic-looking, and easy to grow, palms filter formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide

  • Philodendrons need very little attention. They filter xylene, a toxin found in glues and leathers.

  • Aloe Vera – Aloe is mostly know for medical uses like relieving burns, but it’s also easy to keep alive, and sculptural-looking. Also, aloe filters formaldehyde!

 

10 Homemade Lip Balm Recipes!

Winter is upon us, and along with it comes dry skin and chapped lips!

Check out these amazing recipes for natural, homemade lip balm.

 

1. Homemade Vanilla Lemongrass Lip Balm

Make up a batch of this lip balm and have enough for yourself and to give away as gifts. The ingredients are all natural and non-toxic.

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2. DIY Lemonade Lip Balm

This DIY lip balm is perfect for summer time because it is lemonade flavored, and what says summertime more than lemonade?

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3. Green Tea SPF Lip Balm

Keep your lips nice and smooth and protect them from the sun all at the same time with this homemade lip balm.

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4. Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm

This easy to make lip balm is a soft pink color with a tiny white heart right in the center. Flavored like pink grapefruit, you won’t find a sweeter lip balm recipe anywhere else.

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5. DIY Organic Lip Balm

Made with organic ingredients including coco butter and shea butter, this lip balm will keep your lips healthy and moisturized.

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6. DIY Healing and Nourishing Lip Balm

Make lip balm at home using this easy recipe that will heal cracked and chapped lips in those cold winter months.

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 7. Homemade Lip Balm

This recipe tells you how to make lip balm in two different flavors – orange kiss and sweet lemon. This is one of the easiest recipes for lip balm you will find.

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8. Lip Balm Recipe

Forget those store bought lip balms made with harmful chemical and ingredients and go with this easy to make, all natural lip balm instead. You’ll be glad you made the switch.

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9. Hemp and Honey Lip Balm

This recipe creates a lip balm that is a little softer than most other lip balms and is very moisturizing.

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10. Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

This is the perfect lip balm to make at Christmas time because it is peppermint flavored. Make up a batch of this and give away little tubes of this as Christmas presents.

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Easy to maintain plants for your apartment!

Don’t have much of a green thumb?

 

Check out these plants that thrive on little sunlight.  

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-interesting-plants-that-can-119497

Making It!

Who else loved the show Parks and Rec?

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Leslie and Ron) are coming out with a new show called Making It!

Psst…one of our swans are even named after Ron Swanson!

“The show will function like most creative competition series. Think Project Runway or Iron Chef. Each week will feature two challenges. One will be a short timed challenge that will force contestants to think on their feet. The second will be what’s called a “master craft collection.” Contestants will work on a “themed” challenge that focuses on trends. Together, their projects will form a themed craft collection.”

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/10/177054/amy-poehler-nick-offerman-making-it-competition-series?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=post