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February 27, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Early weather and community news

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CULLMAN — Upcoming Agriplex programs at the North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Talley Ho St. SW, Cullman 35055. To register, call 256-297-1044 or cullmanag@gmail.com (unless indicated otherwise):

• March 1: Farm Kid’s Club-Chick Time: See baby chicks up close and learn how eggs hatch. For kids ages 5 and up with an adult. $5 per child. Chaperones free. $10 max per family. Registration required. 9 to 10:30 a.m.

• March 6: Heritage Skills-Growing Your Own Fishing Bait. Learn how to grow your own worms for fishing and to plant catalpa trees for catalpa worms. Ages 8 and up 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $5.

• March 11: Living Landscapes-Cultivating Mushrooms. Mushroom expert Rhonda Britton will teach this class about growing shiitake mushrooms. The class will innoculate small pieces of logs to take home to grow your own mushrooms. Limited space; for ages 13 and up. 6 to 8 p.m. $10.

Did you know?

Daylight Savings Time will be on March 9 of this year. Daylight saving time (DST) is a change in the standard time with the purpose of getting better use of the daylight by having the sun rise one hour later in the morning and set one hour later in the evening.  Although it has only been used in the past hundred years, the idea of DST was first conceived many years before.

The Origin: DST has been a subject of recurring debate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries around the world for about a hundred years. Ancient civilizations were known to practice a similar process of the concept of DST where they would adjust their daily schedules in accordance to the sun, such as the Roman water clocks that used different scales for different months of the year.

The idea of daylight saving time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. He published an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight.

Although many believe that Benjamin Franklin invented DST, some say that modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand. Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society that proposed a two-hour shift forward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. He followed up his proposal with an article in 1898, and although there was interest in the idea, it was never followed through.

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