Daylight saving time officially begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12. Remember to set your clocks ahead an hour.

Although the idea for daylight saving time has been attributed, somewhat apocryphally, to Benjamin Franklin, it was not widely adopted until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, according to David Prerau in Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.

Note: The image is from the 1923 classic movie Safety Last produced by Hal Roach Studios and starring the incomparable Harold Lloyd. Click here to watch the famous scene, and check out this video to learn more about how it was filmed.

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