Daylight Saving: It's Responsible for Global Warming

This is a real letter to the editor from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper. Just how stupid are people? This stupid:

Daylight exacerbates warning*

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two. This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they ? Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.

CONNIE M. MESKIMEN / Hot Springs

* (The typo -- "warning" for "warming" -- is from the original. Shows how smart the editors are, too....)

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Update

There has been so much coverage of this letter on so many web sites that Snopes has weighed in. They report that the letter is a gag by Meskimen, a lawyer -- perhaps as a parody of his own neighbors? The Snopes write-up is worth a read, and I guess that means the joke's partly on us.

Posted April 23, 2007

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