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Watch: John Oliver nails everything horrible about daylight saving time in three minutes

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This is so unnecessary.
By Sonali Kohli
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Millions of groggy Americans woke up early today wondering whether the daylight does, indeed, need saving. Amid long-standing cases for more uniform time zones and getting rid of daylight saving altogether,  John Oliver educated Americans on the silliness of it all.

Some of his points, and some that Quartz and others have made this year:

No, it’s not for the farmers: That’s what folklore has led us to believe. But daylight saving was actually invented and first implemented by the Germans to save electricity during World War I. As Oliver’s segment explains, “Cows don’t care what time it is, because they’re cows. And cows are idiots.”

And yet, it doesn’t save electricityWe use electricity whether our lights are on or not. As Oliver’s video notes, you can thank modern technology for that. “Because switching on a lamp an hour later in the summer doesn’t really matter when you’re blasting an air conditioner and staying up all night psychotically scrolling through your ex’s Instagrams.”

Oh also, the changes are completely arbitrary and full of anomalies, and have a lot to do with countries wanting to mess with each other.

Oliver perhaps has some skin in the game when it comes to ending daylight saving—television ratings tend to suffer in the week after the time change.

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