thank blame the Barbecue, Baseball, and Candy Lobbies, too!
When daylight saving was first enacted, golf ball sales skyrocketed. One additional month of daylight saving was worth $200 million in added golf clubs sales and greens fees.
The barbecue industry said it was worth $100 million in additional sales of grills and charcoal briquettes.
Before Lighted stadiums made night games standard, the Baseball industry also exerted strong influence for Congress to enact Daylight Saving Time.
In 2005, the candy lobby, successfully lobbied for extending DST from six to eight months, thereby covering Halloween, reasoning that an extra hour of evening light would benefit the juvenile extortion racket (aka: ‘trick-or-treat’) thus positively impact sales.
sources, Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, and QZ: Daylight Saving Time … by corporate lobbies, not farmers
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