As we began our morning walk we lamented daylight savings time, which has thrown our mornings back into the darkness. I had thought that "Daylight Saving Time" was an American concept, but discovered that the Europeans invented the concept often described as: "cutting one end of a rug off and attaching it to the other in order to make it longer".
"Daylight Saving Time has been used in the U.S. and in
many European countries since World War I. At that time, in an effort to
conserve fuel needed to produce electric power, Germany and Austria
took time by the forelock, and began saving daylight at 11:00 p.m. on
April 30, 1916, by advancing the hands of the clock one hour until the
following October. Other countries immediately adopted this 1916 action:
Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and Tasmania. Nova Scotia and Manitoba adopted
it as well, with Britain following suit three weeks later, on May 21,
1916. In 1917, Australia and Newfoundland began saving daylight.
The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. 'An Act to
preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States' was
enacted on March 19, 1918"
- From a blog on the history of Daylight Savings Time.