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Who says Americans don’t save more? (A daylight saving time post)

So now most Americans have successfully transitioned to Daylight Saving Time.

What does this mean?

It means that I’ve going to have a lot of fun dealing with my corporate parent for the next few weeks.

You see, I work for an American subsidiary of a French company. Which means that when I get to work at 8:00 in the morning, I need to get cracking immediately if I need to contact the head office, where it is nine hours later, or 5:00 pm.

Usually.

That was certainly the case on Friday, March 9, when both the United States and France were on Standard Time. But on Monday, March 13, when the U.S. switched to Daylight Saving Time and France didn’t, then it’s a…wait a minute…sorry, my brain hurts. It’s either eight or ten hours, or something.

According to Time and Date, this discrepancy won’t be resolved until March 25, when France joins the United States in Daylight Saving Time. It turns out that much of the Northern Hemisphere goes to Daylight Saving Time on that day. However, Israel waits until March 30, the Gaza Strip until March 31, and Cuba until April 1.

The net effect is that North American countries such as the United States and Canada have a longer Daylight Saving Time period than European countries.

Who says Americans don’t save more than the citizens of other countries?

Oh well…I guess it could be worse. I could be working for my company’s Australian subsidiary. April 1 happens to be the date that Australia LEAVES Daylight Saving Time. In this Southern Hemisphere country, Daylight Saving Time doesn’t begin until October 7.

My respect for the Ffundercats’ mathematical skills has just increased dramatically.

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