Shakespeare once cautioned, "Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends." And yet every spring, in a ritual known as daylight saving time, millions of people defer one hour to the fall without any ill effects. Or maybe Shakespeare was right, and those effects have just escaped our attention. Spend a few minutes with this quiz, and see if you're a time bandit or a buffoon.
Question 1 of 20
Which founding father of the U.S. conceived of daylight saving time?
Question 2 of 20
Which country was the first to implement daylight saving time?
Question 3 of 20
How many countries adopted daylight saving time during World War I?
Question 4 of 20
What crisis in the early 1970s prompted the U.S. to extend daylight saving time through the winter?
Question 5 of 20
Which two U.S. states currently don't follow daylight saving time rules?
Question 6 of 20
Which U.S. government agency conducted the first major study showing that daylight saving time conserves energy?
Question 7 of 20
Which U.S. state recently adopted daylight saving time, allowing researchers to compare the effects of DST on energy usage?
Question 8 of 20
Each year, daylight saving time affects about how many people across the world?
Question 9 of 20
What's another name for daylight saving time?
Question 10 of 20
Which British prime minister said of daylight saving time, "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later"?
Question 11 of 20
When does daylight saving time begin and end in the Northern Hemisphere?
Question 12 of 20
At what time of the day does daylight saving time begin and end in the U.S.?
Question 13 of 20
What happens to the one hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. when clocks "spring forward" each year?
Question 14 of 20
How does daylight saving time prevent traffic injuries?
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following is NOT an accurate argument in support of daylight saving time?
Question 16 of 20
What legislation most recently switched up the daylight saving time rules in the U.S.?
Question 17 of 20
Here's another legal question for you: Which legislation standardized how daylight saving time is implemented in the U.S.?
Question 18 of 20
What is one possible health consequence of daylight saving time?
Question 19 of 20
Which American holiday played a role in shaping daylight saving time rules?
Question 20 of 20