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Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still A Thing?: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still A Thing? (HBO) Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing! Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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Lynell Hunt (4 days ago)
TheMichaelCW (8 days ago)
I moved to Australia and even with DST, I still don't get how it affects my life! I just keep on going!
Shariska (8 days ago)
Cows are idiots😂
sahail alvi (9 days ago)
Indians will find the cow joke really offensive!
P J (12 days ago)
Do more of these Oliver, This is why we wached your show. Give Trump a rest for 5min mate its getting very boring..
Rhavin Grobert (16 days ago)
What's the problem with having just *one* time all over the world? I woundnt care if we'd just define 'at my place, midday is at 16:35*' or something like that… Actually, its at 14:00 UTC.
M.Linoge (22 days ago)
What a profoundly idiotic and pointless practice.
Daniel van Lammeren (25 days ago)
I think daylight saving makes travelling to school/work safer, because in the winter it is really dark in the morning and when daylight saving kicks in it isn't as dark.
Erick Sum (25 days ago)
Yes... Daylight savings screws me up I drive into different states trying to make appointments on time.. some states don't have DLS so it creates problems
Birdsong (28 days ago)
Stop vilifying cows. What have they ever done to you?
You can call me Ana (29 days ago)
As always, follow the money. That 1%, a seemingly insignificant percent, translates to billions. Corporations, how is this still a thing?
Adam Wagener (1 month ago)
If we're saving so much time? Who has got all that extra fucking time!? I currently live in a border town and I have to explain the time difference to travelers at my business everyday. I lose about 10 to 20 minutes, everyday, giving this explanation. #daylight #losing #time
ForeverMe543 (1 month ago)
Cows aren’t idiots. That cow is gonna come get you.
Suyash Shandilya (1 month ago)
One of the things that make you proud as an Indian...
8mmKyle (1 month ago)
Has no one seen National Treasure?
Dennis Ezati (1 month ago)
Newsflash: EU to recommend that member states abolish daylight saving time.
Andreas Fuchs (1 month ago)
Originally the daylight saving time was calculated in Paris in a hotel.
mikhailv67 (1 month ago)
Ask Queensland Farmers, they think it confuses cows and fades the curtains. They have daylight saving in other EASTERN states except Queensland.
Paul Patters (1 month ago)
germany introduced it to enjoy scahdenfreude a bit more often:P
Hubert Bao (2 months ago)
That's why people say Asians are smart ;)
Paul Owens (2 months ago)
I thought it was so kids didn't have to walk to or from school in the dark. Have you seen the film called 'M'?!
360zm (2 months ago)
Render Unto Kaiser.........Wilhelm.
Sascha Bachmann (3 months ago)
We can abolish it now in the EU, please take part in this survey now! https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2018-summertime-arrangements
MRoderics (2 months ago)
Yes, we can. Vote for PERMANENT WINTERTIME!
Timo Heinrich (3 months ago)
I don't agree that cows are idiots. At least not any more than humans are.
Olaf Klischat (3 months ago)
If cows are stupid, why didn't THEY invent DST?
BertasU (3 months ago)
cows are NOT idiots.
Adam Palmer (3 months ago)
Stupid wilham
phantom phatima (3 months ago)
Hey I'm Egyptian and we are not using the day light saving time anymore why are we on the map ?
0DarkEagle (3 months ago)
Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften means Legal Expanse Insurance Company. Idk why they have an entire word for all those things, or why they couldn't have a shorter word. I mean that's the kind of thing you hear in an Anime or fighting game right before someones is about to use their ultimate attack.
Allan Hegyes (3 months ago)
Okay people this is the reason why you have DST: every time it comes before Congress to get rid of this stupid idea, the lobbyists for the barbecue grill and sporting goods industries lean on the craven politicians and the bill dies in committee or some other arcane wheeler dealer bullshit. There, now you know. There will never be meaningful change in this country ever again.
Peter Qu (4 months ago)
Cow shaming is not okay.
Emma-Kate Stevenson (4 months ago)
In Queensland, Australia, cows are the main excuse for not having daylight savings. It’s “It’ll confuse the cows” and “curtains will fade faster” everywhere you look.
Brem (4 months ago)
I like Daylight Saving Time. It means its only dark when i get home from work for one month rather than 3 months.
John E McCormick (4 months ago)
. ***"Get Your 'Hoe' Ready !"***
James Hoffmann (4 months ago)
Cows aren't idiots
cliq uot (4 months ago)
Hahaha we didn't lost those wars for nothing you brick
Jonathan M (4 months ago)
in the winter it means it gets brighter sooner? doesn't that mean it benefits kids going to school, as in it won't be so dark?
Mark Fennell (4 months ago)
If Congress proposes a bill to end daylight savings permanently it will be the most popularly supported bill ever
M Bison (4 months ago)
How do stupid fucks from back then still ruin shit today
M Bison (4 months ago)
What bunch of corrupt retard cunts made daylight saving and what the fuck amount of crack were they smoking
Max Mustermann (4 months ago)
Rechtschutzversicherungsgesellschaften is an actual fucking useful and complete normal german word! I can tell that as a german.
SpookeyR (4 months ago)
Daylight savings should be abolished; it served a useful purpose at some point, fine! That's history. It doesn't serve a useful purpose anymore. It has become utterly useless and stupid.
Shawn Avery (4 months ago)
Finally someone stops blaming farmers
Leo Davila Castro (5 months ago)
cows are idiots
Blue Nosed Fish (5 months ago)
Fuck you Kaiser Wilhelm.
Zoe Kirk (5 months ago)
I’ve heard that DST actually hurts dairy farmers because the cows end up getting milked an hour too late, and the milk buildup can be painful.
shlibber (5 months ago)
If we've been saving an hour a year for the past 100 years, that's about 4 days, where are the 4 days and what is the government doing with them?
cloudsweapon567 (5 months ago)
I'm from Iowa and our economy is of course fueled by farming, agriculture, and of course dumb cows - but we hate daylight savings time.
YanaMartinez 7012 (5 months ago)
my teacher said that who ever invented it was for humans to get an extra hour of sunshine which means happiness. Then companies started to enforce it so that people will have an extra hour of shopping
Mihu Macovei (5 months ago)
While the times of sunrise and sunset change at roughly equal rates as the seasons change, proponents of Daylight Saving Time argue that most people prefer a greater increase in daylight hours after the typical "nine to five" workday.[15][16] Supporters have also argued that DST decreases energy consumption by reducing the need for lighting and heating, but the actual effect on overall energy use is heavily disputed. Wikip
MRoderics (5 months ago)
Watch the European Parliament Daylight Saving Time debates: https://youtu.be/LZt7kIXExso
RamprasadAviator (6 months ago)
If you guys want to know few interesting facts about DST https://youtu.be/H5MTX_NPyGA
patronustrip (6 months ago)
I enjoy daylight saving. It makes sun light longer at evening. Is depressing in the winter.
Mess OfStuff (6 months ago)
We don't have daylight saving..... -Egypt
You Han (6 months ago)
so why the fuck do we still obey like mindless idiots. no leaders got enough balls to say hey fuck daylight saving let's end this? they can send men into battles to die but no they dont wanna touch this issue. since germany started this n still affecting people, we can assume that hitler is smiling in hell
Tori (6 months ago)
HILARIOUS!! Thanks for the belly laugh
Joachim Macdonald (6 months ago)
And i thought Antidisestablishmentarianism was a long word
avernion (6 months ago)
The cows were adorable!
lazy Perfectionist (6 months ago)
I'm from Australia - the answer I was given for why this was still a thing was that people could spend longer at the beach, sticking around for the sunlight..
Jimmy Johnson (6 months ago)
I am german, and i'm Sorry!!!!
David Bottin (6 months ago)
I love day light saving! 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺
Baraz (6 months ago)
In Canada/Quebec, we justify it by the fact it makes our working hours be more during the sunlight hours. So it is a bit helpful here.
I wish daylight savings were illegal, because they cause such ass-anying and inconvenient bullshit! Who in the right mind thought this shit was a good idea?!
Amy Francko (6 months ago)
here in the US, march daylight savings time means getting up when its dark. March in Ohio first light is 7am with sunset at 8pm. In the summer it could be light until 9pm or 10pm
GroverKent (6 months ago)
I hate when it doesn't get dark till 9 or 10pm.
Tome Chan (6 months ago)
Ahh, but DST has an impact on sales
44SirLoopalot (6 months ago)
Yeah blame it on the germans as everything else. But why did the germans have to save fuel during WWI? Because the British had a sea blockade on the germans. So blame the fuckin island monkeys instead of the germans dear John Oliver.
Kurt Sampson (6 months ago)
Fuck it
sunny sunshine (6 months ago)
I am german and not even I think that that is dancing ... 😂
Mausemädchen Mi (6 months ago)
Well, but in there winter, you get to sleep a little longer
Pitman (6 months ago)
2:46 And that's not even the longest word in our language xD In fact this is it --> Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung It has 67 letters and I'm sure it's also a violation of the Geneva Convention 😏
Luluș Ione (6 months ago)
Imre Pető (6 months ago)
Милош Спасић (6 months ago)
Sharon Constable (6 months ago)
Living in Canada, fed up with Daylight Saving Time (which doesn't actually save daylight) I came up with this solution: next time we have to "fall back" 1 hour, we all set our clocks back just 1/2 hour instead. We will never have to adjust the clock again! This strategy I called "Set it and Forget It". Think about it: who will notice or care about 1/2 hour difference in the time the sun rises and sets? Certainly not farmers, or Kaiser Wilhelm!
JVIPER88 (6 months ago)
It's still a thing because being in total darkness at 4PM in the winter is fuckin' dumb.
Daniel (6 months ago)
This video is so f stupid hahaha before you say that daylight saving increse consumes and after 2 secs you say that it doesnt hahaha also you didnt mentioned the time that you sleep an hour more. Daylight savings decrease the time of lights on in favour of sun light
# cadeeja (6 months ago)
Slight correction here: Yes, Germany was the first country to actually induce daylight saving time, BUT: Benjamin Franklin was the first who - historically documented - mentioned that a moved daytime routine would save on artificial lighting. Then, later, George Vernon Hudson (1895) and William Willett (1907) suggested a seasonal shift of time. Aaaand, then again, Great Britain, btw., was the only country who upheld DST between World Wars I and II. So, blame right back at ya and at where you live now and broadcast from. Just sayin'. :D
Johnny Takigero (6 months ago)
Wait, took an idea from the losers of a war after it was apparent the idea didn't even work for them? What?
Funked Up (6 months ago)
Fuck me. I literally just thought about this the other day. Dumbest fucking thing that still exists in modern society. Seriously fuck off dst gtfoh
A v A (6 months ago)
Daylight savings is as stupid as miles per hour and silly inches & foot.
David Stagg (6 months ago)
I love Daylight savings so much, I say we should have it every day instead of only twice a year!
Veronica Rousseau (6 months ago)
Cows are not idiots.
Ricky Roma (6 months ago)
great video. It definitely Illustrated the Ridiculousness of daylight savings. It was very funny. But don't disparage cows.
Kiku91 (6 months ago)
2:47 That word is literally broken down into the words for Right/Just, Protect, Insurance/Assurance, and Company. Basically any kind of insurance agency. Don’t you just love the German language? If they need new words, they just combine old words! (It’s actually a little more complex than that, but you get the idea.)
rwdplz1 (6 months ago)
End DST in our lifetime! PLEASE!!!
Rainbow Cub (6 months ago)
Cows are not idiots!
Ashley S. MacKenzie (6 months ago)
Hold up, Benjamin Franklin instituted daylight savings here because of the consumption of candles otherwise
GroverKent (6 months ago)
He said the "modern" daylight saving.
Doveranalyst (6 months ago)
Ok. What is daylight saving?
Doveranalyst (6 months ago)
GroverKent Atleast for 2 billion people it is not. Lol. I was trying to understand there and again, appreciate your effort for writing out. Do check out which idiot you spent this time for (on my channel). Lol. Even if you technically, say don't put up candles till 7pm. It is going to be dark, nevertheless, even if you changed the clocks like a little child you can't stop the sun. Wouldn't it have been easier to say, rule no candles until 8pm
GroverKent (6 months ago)
It's complicated, and makes no sense in today's world, but this all started back way before electricity was ever discovered. Benjamin Franklin invented Daylight Saving so that way, according the clock, night wouldn't fall until much later in the evening, so as to save on the use of candles. Since the advent of electricity, it really makes Daylight Saving pointless and meaningless, which is why it really no longer needs to be a thing.
Doveranalyst (6 months ago)
GroverKent Thankyou so much for taking the time to answer it though.
Doveranalyst (6 months ago)
GroverKent What? How's that even possible? I mean clocks work on a different rule, don't They? People can't just adjust clocks as per will and for what joy? This is going beyond me. I first thought maybe they cut the power in the daylight for an hour or so. But mobiles? In this day and age our automatic time zones the time on our phones. How can we reset ? I am from India and had never heard of this before.
GroverKent (6 months ago)
It's basically resetting our clocks an hour forward in the spring, then resetting back an hour again in the fall.
Chloe (7 months ago)
ich liebe deutschland
jeanne reis (7 months ago)
Cows aren’t idiots!
Ace Diamonds (7 months ago)
germans ruin everything.
Meherabad Moments (7 months ago)
Cornel Bogde (7 months ago)
Who and why is changing the time to daylight saving time stop it keep the summer time on
Costeno Salao (7 months ago)
If it wasn't for daylight savings time, kids would have to wait for the bus in the dark in the winter months. Also, gardeners wouldn't have as much time in the garden after work in April and May (far busier for gardening than Sept.) Leave DST alone.
Costeno Salao (6 months ago)
GroverKent - Good catch. I guess I was defending the current system, not just DST.
GroverKent (6 months ago)
Not quite, because there is no DST in winter.
Daniel Byrne (7 months ago)
That was bloody hilarious.
Larry Kuehn (7 months ago)
I hate dst. It's dumb and waste of time and out of date.I wish our government in the usa would get rid of it forver.i have got better things to do than changing my clocks all the time.
GroverKent (6 months ago)
It's Bush's fault that DST now runs from March to November instead of April to October. He said it'd help improve trade wars with other countries, but the only other country that extended DST with the US was Canada, all other countries that still observe DST never extended it.
crimp creep (7 months ago)
Arizona, we don't play that game....
Jackson Davis (7 months ago)
I wish they'd get rid of it in Australia!
Carolina Mello (7 months ago)
Cows are idiots
Santoki Sin (7 months ago)
i wish you would cover the illuminati, freemasonry, & blood lines..and intentions and motives of military.. PLEASE!!

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