Pat Shingleton: "How Now, Brown Cow?"
Marie Mentzer forwarded an e-mail noting complications with the man-made time change elsewhere. She was "Skyping" with her friend, Silvia, last weekend when the time change topic was discussed. Silvia resides in Switzerland, noting that the Swiss refused to alter their clocks with the rest of the Europeans because of their cows. Europe adopted a time change in 1977 but Switzerland held off until it was permanently introduced on March 29, 1981; after a contentious battle at the ballot box. Farmers believed that their cows "milking-times" were compromised due to the forced change. Farmers temporarily re-won the debate until German train timetables forced a consensus. Marie said the cows want their "utter" times and are milking the humans.