When it's Noon in Greenwich, it's 11:45 PM in Southeastern Australia?
I loathe Daylight Savings Time and did even before I had children. Now it's particularly horrible since that "extra hour" you get means absolutely nothing to children who will wake when they darn well feel like it.
The definitive article against the practice was written by John Miller years ago. He dispelled some of the myths surrounding its supposed benefits and showed how its passage into law was an early case of crony capitalism.
In other words, no right thinking person can support it. Not that I'd waste my time trying to fight it. Instead, I wasted my time reading this article on time zones. It was a fascinating look at how time zones were developed and codified. The exceptions are the best, though.
See, when it's noon in Greenwich, it's 8:30 a.m. in Newfoundland (the self-governed British Dominion chose their own time zone), 7:30 a.m. in Venezuela (Hugo Chavez wanted "a more fair distribution of the sunrise") and:
... it’s 8 p.m. in Perth (Western Australia), 9:30 p.m. in Adelaide (South Australia & Alice Springs (Northern Territory), and 10 p.m. in Sydney (New South Wales) & Brisbane (Queensland). Northern Territory and South Australia have been on a half-hour offset since 1899 because most of their population resides in the eastern half. These times are accurate unless it’s Daylight Saving Time, which only five of Australia’s eight states & territories observe. The other three do not, splitting the country into five separate time zones for half the year. During DST, which started this past weekend for the country, it’s 8 p.m. in Perth, 9:30 p.m. in Alice Springs, 10:30 p.m. in Adelaide, 10 p.m. in Brisbane, and 11 p.m. in Sydney. Please note that it’s earlier in Brisbane than in Adelaide despite Brisbane being farther east—this is like if it was suddenly a half-hour later in Chicago than in Boston or New York.
And that’s not all. A small finger of the southeasternmost edge of Western Australia, comprising five small towns, observes a 45-minute offset from the rest of the state. Though it’s not a big deal—the area has about 200 residents—there are helpful road signs to alert motorists of the oddity.
Oh those wacky humans.