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Dear North Americans: Don’t Set Your Clocks Back This Weekend

Well, you can, but you'll just be really confused for a week.


Even though we’ve been living this way for the past 6 years, it seems some people are confused about when Daylight Saving Time starts in North America. See, it’s different, depending on what side of the Pond you live on – so ignore your British friends, and remember: we don’t set our clocks back until next weekend.

We know it’s a bit wonky, but in 2007, the US (and Canada, shortly thereafter) decided that we should “fall back” the first Sunday in November, instead of the traditional last Sunday in October. The EU, on the other hand, decided things were fine the way they were, thank you very much, and still changes clocks this weekend. With the internet, that can make things a touch confusing – especially when North Americans start retweeting “helpful” messages from the Brits, like:

So ignore your international friends, don’t touch your clocks, and despair over the fact that you won’t get an extra hour of sleep after your epic Hallowe’en party this weekend!

(via Twitter, image via Chelsea Gomez (Oakes))

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.