Is Ben Franklin overrated?

First, I learn that the string quartet which was supposedly written by Franklin may not have been. Now, it seems that Summer Time (or the even more idiotic appelation “Daylight Saving Time”) was not one of his ideas. I have to wonder how many things he is given credit for having come up with that are also spurious claims. But it’s Summer Time that has me ticked off and Old Ben is a loser whether he came up with the idea or not: although credit is due to George Vernon Hudson.

I am one of the crowd who finds turning clocks back and forth to be a ridiculous idea. How can one get more hours in a day? and the same goes for having more natural sunlight. Move the clocks forward and keep them there if they want a “longer day”, but stop messing with the time.

See Also:
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2522/whats-the-true-story-on-benjamin-franklin
http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2005/mar/franklin061605.html

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