Don't forget to change your clock ahead one hour when Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. This means you will lose an hour of sleep if you live in North America but you'll gain an hour of sunlight thanks in part to what some consider a highly outdated method of adding sunshine filled minutes to summer.
Many years ago, during 1784, founding father to the U.S. Benjamin Franklin attempted to conserve energy by convincing others to smote their candles (the only form of light at the time) an hour earlier than they typically would. This idea, per many historians, followed an evening of serious binge drinking and made sense at a time when candles were rationed. One hundred years following Franklin's "anonymous" letter suggesting daylight savings, entomologist George Vernon Hudson presented the "Spring Ahead, Fall Back" principle to the Wellington Philosophical Society during WWI in 1895. The idea was embraced and implemented by English thinkers William Willet and Robert Pearce given it's aim at increasing leisure time.
Since April 30, 1916, Germany, its Axis allies, and other countries have been gradually applying the theory of Daily Savings Time to the lives of their citizens. In an attempt to conserve coal in the early 20th century and maximize the benefits of an added hour of sunlight in the days since, every Daily Savings Time has become a time to change not only the time on our clocks but also change the batteries in smoke detectors. Plus, this time change has always brought longer days but darker mornings for most in the U.S. But it also means Spring is on its way.