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Why did they start a contest with a running time measured in hours right before daylight savings time? Are they trying to confuse people?



Because not everyone observes DST and the challenge probably isn't meant to be US centric. Even in the US, Hawaii and Arizona don't bother[1].

[1]: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2014.html

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And a lot of people (think Europe) observe DST but not on those dates.

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It's a conspiracy theory to help out devs in Saskatchewan, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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I think it was voted on. That was the most popular week selected.

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