By the mid-19th century, America was flooded with European immigrants. Many were millions of Irish fleeing their homeland after the potato famine of 1846. These immigrants brought the traditions of Halloween with them.
NGC 4755 cluster from ESO’s La Silla Observatory.
Piece of Milky Way Panorama produced by Axel Mellinger
This past weekend, we turned back the clocks 1 hour, but it hardly affects the day to day affairs of the worlds 7 billion industrialized monkeys. We even make sure that the change occurs early Sunday mornings, so that it takes away the fun and fretting of being late, or early, to work or school, and wastes the, “What time is it?”, excuses for tardiness or missed trains.
In other countries, the change to, and from Daylight Savings Time, can be weeks different from the United States. Ours is no doubt tied to consumer spending trends, carefully analyzed over decades of economic research, to take advantage of full moons, or whatever stimulates our appetite to purchase goods and services.
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