Keeping Time: Marathon Blog
November 6th, 2017
Every dog has its day, every story has its origin and Daylight Savings Time (DST) is no different. With DST having just passed (Sunday, November 5th!) we at Marathon Watch Company have time on our minds (more than usual). Here are a few interesting facts you may not have not known about DST:
*First put into motion, by Germany, in 1916, it was seen as an effective way to conserve coal during World War I. Britain and other European countries soon followed, with the U.S. officially adopting the time-change practice in 1918. Many countries ceased this practice following the war’s end.
*HOWEVER……it was actually thought up by Benjamin Franklin. In an essay written by one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America in 1784, he argued for more daylight to conserve candle wax. More daylight, less candles wasted!
*In 1974 the DST was re-imposed as an answer to the nationwide energy crisis. It was reinstated to hopefully reduce public energy consumption, especially during the winter months.
*It is actually a health hazard. An hour of sleep lost when we spring forward has an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and low immune system linked to it. Not to mention annoyance and desire to hit the snooze button.
*Most areas of the United States observe DST, the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo, who do observe daylight saving time on tribal lands), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.
*The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is effectively on DST year round, as clocks are not turned back an hour in autumn when most jurisdictions return to standard time. The city of Lloydminster is the only exception to this arrangement.
*In 2007 the law changed and DST was extended until November. Why? The candy companies spent years lobbying for the change, arguing the extra hour made a difference for them since it was around Halloween. It originally ended the last Sunday in October, which was before Halloween. By 2007 it was finally altered and everyone rejoiced. It seems the Candy Man really can!
Hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep!
October 31st, 2017
BEWARE THE FULL MOON!
Every night you look up at the sky and see the moon go from a sliver to a full circle over 29.53 days. With our Moon Phase Digital Wall Clock we give you a digital picture on the clock face indicating what phase the moon is in without you ever having to look outside. But why would you need to know when the next full moon is occurring?
Here are 8 reasons you need to know when the next full moon will be:
1. Chances of being bitten by a dog are twice as high during a full moon
according to a study at the Bradford Royal Infirmary, which reviewed 1,621
cases of dog bites between 1997 and 1999.
2. The full moon occurs every 29.5 days – the duration of one complete lunar
cycle. The only month that can occur without a full moon is February. A second full moon in one month is called a “blue moon” and occurs once every 3 years. The next one is January 31st, 2018.
3. A full Moon is considered unlucky if it occurs on a Sunday, but lucky on
Monday or moon day.
4. In October 1939, in Springfield, Missouri, the full moon appeared to fall
from the sky. The event was reported in the local newspaper but was later
revealed to be a plunging weather balloon.
5. The crime rate increases.
6. Insomnia sufferers claim to sleep worse (while others claim to sleep more soundly!)
7. The full moon was believed to make people go crazy. The word “lunatic” was used to describe a person who was considered mentally ill, dangerous, foolish, or unpredictable – conditions once attributed to lunacy. The word derives from the Latin word “lunatics” meaning “moonstruck.”
8. A study done in Australia found that patients admitted to the emergency room during a full moon had werewolf-like behaviors. Biting, spitting and scratching hospital staff, as well as emotional disturbances were more common.
Reason enough to get your hands on our Moon Phase Digital Wall Clock?
We think so! Click here before the next full moon
(which is Saturday, November 4th, 2017)
October 24th, 2017
“Remember, remember, the fifth of November!”
One of our busiest times during the year is upon us. Daylights Savings Time!
For those of you who have enabled the DST switch on your clocks, you can rest easy knowing the time change on your Marathon Clock will happen effortlessly. For others, falling backwards isn’t so easy.
If you need any assistance changing the time on your clocks for November 5th contact us using the info below!
Customer Support Hours – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
General Inquires – firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Information & Service – email@example.com
Clock Information & Service – firstname.lastname@example.org
You will not get a machine, C3P0 or cyborg answering your questions. Real people offering knowledge, patience and care are here to help you, every step of the way.
October 10th, 2017
Watch Bands: At-Home Care Made Easy!
Keeping your watch bands in pristine condition is not as difficult as you may think. Just like a car, mobile phone or silver utensils, you can clean and care for your watch at home.
Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your watch and band looking in tip-top shape. After all, watches are meant to be worn!**
Problem: Black scuff marks across the edges, sticky residue from outside sources or dirty stains on rubber bands.
Solution: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush (not your own, a separate one) add some dish soap and water and gently brush it. It’s that simple – brush and rinse. Your dentist will love this trick!
Problem: Dirt, sweat and odors on Nylon bands.
Solution: Rinse under warm water and add little laundry or dish detergent. Nylon is actually machine-washable so detach it from your watch and throw it in with a load of laundry! Tumble dry on low or air dry and voila, fresh and clean!
Problem: Dirt and fingerprints on your stainless steel bracelets.
Solution: Gently scrub your bracelet with a toothbrush and a mild detergent or dish detergent under warm water. Good as new!
Care and concern for our products is at the top of our list. We want our customers to have a great experience whether they are wearing their watch brand new, a month in or 3 years after purchase. These easy-to-do cleaning and care tips will make your watch shine and sparkle for years to come!
**Always ensure that the crown on your dive watch is screwed in completely. For Nylon straps, completely remove from the watch case before washing.
September 29th, 2017
Giving Back: How a Random Act of Kindness Can Create Big Change!
It’s always the season to give. Just ask Marathon Watch Company Vice-President Mitchell Wein. When asked what causes and interests are close to his heart, seniors are near the top of his list. When giving time and money, Wein never forgets Toronto foundations like the
United Jewish Appeal. UJA helps a whole magnitude of people throughout Canada with their many programs and charitable foundations throughout the country. One of their focuses is seniors, specifically Holocaust survivors who have immigrated to Canada. When Wein wanted to donate surplus blankets that Marathon Watch Company produced on contract for the Department of National Defence (DND), UJA pointed him in the direction of The Bernard Betel Centre. The Bernard Betel Centre empowers seniors to live happy, creative and rich lives in a Jewish environment. Upon donating, Wein never even thought he would see where these blankets ended up.
Stumbling upon the article Surviving again: How needy Holocaust survivors cope with poverty, recently written in the Toronto Star, he found that his blankets were being put to the best use. Seniors, specifically Holocaust survivors, in need were the ones getting them. “It’s so great when you get to see how the time and money you gave helped someone else”, explains Wein. “You never know where something will end up and with whom, so when you get to see someone benefiting from a small random act of kindness it’s an incredible feeling.”
With the holidays approaching and people buying gifts for family and friends, as well as gifts for themselves, it’s crucial we remember those not as fortunate as ourselves. Wein explains that his and other companies that are large military contractors have surplus products on hand and they need to start thinking about donating them! Donations of money, food, clothing, household appliances are constantly in demand. Another way to give is with your time. Visiting the sick or elderly, offering to drive someone without a means of transportation on errands, or help run programs for underprivileged youth.
“…When you get to see someone benefiting
from a small random act of kindness
it’s an incredible feeling!” – Mitchell Wein, Vice-President