Fight the real enemy – fight daylight saving time

By Alex Heigl
Updated March 09, 2015 12:20 PM
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Are you currently phoning it in at your job, groggy and useless after being robbed of an hour of your precious sleep time by the cruel joke known as daylight saving time?

If so, you’re not alone, and John Oliver‘s Last Week Tonight is here to expose the lies.

Turns out the practice has nothing to do with farmers, which the show confirms is a thing that most people seem to believe despite there being no actual evidence to support that. Daylight saving time was actually started during World War I as a fuel-saving measure by the Germans.

“That’s right,” the segment’s narrator intones. “You lost an hour of sleep this morning thanks to Kaiser Wilhelm.”

And as the show points out, traffic accidents and workplace injuries increase the week after daylight saving, as a nation of already sleep-deprived workers struggles to make ends meet with even less shut-eye.

Fight the real enemy. Fight daylight saving.