Monday, April 16, 2007

Smarter than "5th Grader"

I finally saw an episode of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a new quiz show on which adults match wits with ten-year-old kids. On Thursday's episode, though, the show outsmarted itself!

The question:

The period of Daylight Savings Time includes which one of the four seasons in its entirety?

Up until last year, there was one correct answer to that question. However, beginning with 2007, the U.S. and Canada observe Daylight Savings Time from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November, meaning that DST includes all of spring and summer! The second Sunday of March falls in the range of March 8 to March 14, and spring begins on March 20 or 21. (The last day of summer is September 21 or 22.)

If you live in Europe or Australia or most other countries that observe some variation of Daylight Savings Time, the correct answer is summer, but hey, it's an American quiz show! A little supplementary geek trivia for you: only three countries in Africa observe DST; name them. Tunisia, Egypt, and Namibia

So, Jeff Foxworthy and company, are you smarter than a 5th grader?

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