10 Interesting Facts About Spring and Daylight Savings
Well, here we go again. Minnesota has just endured another snowstorm which has caused chaotic traffic jams, school closings, and towed cars due to snow emergencies. Make sure to check http://www.minneapolismn.gov/snow for snow emergency dates, and save yourself from the headaches of getting your car out of the Minneapolis Impound Lot. But with all the snow piling up again, we are still envisioning a beautiful spring season. So instead of looking outside through your glass window, it may be more soothing to read our list of interesting facts about the upcoming spring weather and the vernal equinox!
- The vernal equinox is the first day of the year when we have twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of night.
- If you stand at the equator on the first day of spring, you will see the sun pass directly over head. This only happens twice a year; first day of spring and the first day of autumn.
- Baby birds learn to sing during spring. Although they are born with the ability to sing, they must learn the specific songs of their species. They often learn their songs within two months of being born.
- You may have heard that today is the only day you can stand a raw egg on its end. It's not true. Balancing an egg on its end is possible, but it works equally well any day of the year.
- Arizona and Hawaii do not follow daylight savings. They already have enough sunlight and hot weather, so it doesn't make sense to confuse the sleeping cycle of their residents.
- Daylight Savings Time saves approximately 1% of electricity a day. It adds up to a lot when figure in the entire nation (except Arizona and Hawaii of course).
- The Great Sphinx in Egypt points directly East towards the sunrise on the vernal equinox.
- Daylight savings time starts and ends at different times around the world.
- Spring fever is a real syndrome. When the temperature rises during the warm spell after a long winter, there is a dilation of the blood vessels so blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. People experience an energetic feeling when this happens.
- Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose daylight savings time in 1784. It wasn't fully implemented until the end of the Second World War.