The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen: Why Daylight Savings Time “Sucks”

And now, a public service message from The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen on behalf of Daylight Savings Time. . .

The Princess Bride's Count Rugen: Daylight Savings Time 'Sucks'


“As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. Really that’s all this is except that instead of sucking water, we’re sucking time. We’ve just sucked one hour of your life away. We might one day go as high as five, but we really don’t know what that would do to you. So, let’s just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest. How do you feel?”

. . .

*** UPDATED on March 14, 2012: ***

I am the proud creator of the
The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen Daylight Savings Time meme!

I’ve been BLOWN AWAY by how interest in this meme has taken off.  (And yes, I know it’s “Saving” time, but that just never sounded right to me.)  I revised this original blog post from 2010 with my newly updated and newly captioned image of Count Rugen on March 10th, 2012.  I decided to reshare it a few hours before the DST switch because I was afraid no one would notice it on a Sunday. (Guess I was wrong!) So, I posted it to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.  Then on Sunday, I posted it to Google+ too for good measure.

I watched with mild interest as my Tumbler post was reblogged or liked a modest 30 or so times.  Then, slowly, my blog traffic started to pick up.  It went from what was typically 3-4 hits a week to nearly 1,000 hits in three days!  I dug into my tracking stats and noticed traffic was referred from places I hadn’t posted, like Pinterest and still others I’d never heard of before.  Apparently, many of you really liked this and have shared it exponentially “in the wild”.  I spent a little time searching other sites where I thought it might turn up.  I’ve found it shared widely on much higher traffic sites and even one where it had already received HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VIEWS!

All I can say is…WOW!

I have no way to track this image now, but I’d love to hear where else it’s turned up!  Since you found your way here, please consider leaving me a note in the comments with where you are in the world and where you saw it.  A thoughtful comment from a real person is so much more meaningful than a collection of cold analytics statistics.

Don’t you think?

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61 Responses to The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen: Why Daylight Savings Time “Sucks”

  1. RT @JReaHedrick: @MaryRobinette The Princess Bride's Count Rugen on Why Daylight Savings Time "Sucks" [Yes, exactly.]

  2. Ha! RT @MaryRobinette @JReaHedrick @MaryRobinette The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen on Why Daylight Savings Time “Sucks”

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  5. […] me preface this post by saying that Daylight Savings Time is an invention of the devil.  I hate, loathe, despise and otherwise want to stab it to a bloody death with a titanium […]

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  7. Daylight Savings Time, #PrincessBride style:

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  10. Couldn’t agree with this more o_O

  11. And now, a public service message from The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen on behalf of Daylight Savings Time. . .

  12. I don't use #Pinterest, but apparently my Daylight Savings Time post ( has found its way there.

  13. "Interesting…" – and hilarious!

  14. Daylight Savings Time, #PrincessBride style:

  15. Wish I had seen this on Sunday! Daylight Savings Time:

  16. Heather says:

    Finally – someone that gets daylight saving – argh!

  17. Amanda says:

    Saw it on Facebook and tracked it back to here via google because I liked it so much. The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie and Daylight Savings Time always messes with me! So creative. Thanks for posting!
    FYI – I live in NY and my Facebook friend who posted your pic is in Tennessee.

  18. missjane says:

    It’s doing the rounds Down Under at the moment, as our DST has just kicked in in Victoria.

  19. Rebecca says:

    I saw this on a friends facebook page and shared….love Princess Bride. Now I’m using in in a speech for why we should abolish DST.

  20. A little “The Princess Bride’s” humor for Daylight Savings Time! via @JReaHedrick

  21. Thanks for that! Classic movie!!! “@VivianArend: @Diall68 I think this is the originator:

  22. Well, thank you! Love it! @JReaHedrick: Yes, I am! 🙂 RT @VivianArend: @Diall68 I think this is the originator:

  23. Jeanette Backstrom says:

    Love the “Princess Bride” — and although I love the extra hour of light, I totally despise losing an hour of sleep. Thanks for the meme — I just gotta share it!

  24. Carolina Valdez Miller says:

    That’s so cool! I just shared it on Facebook from my brother. Apparently this particular one made it to Facebook by a radio station. How incredibly bizarre that I know the guy who created it. It’s brilliant!

    • John Hedrick says:

      Thanks, Carol! I’ve had a blast watching it pop up over the years. It always makes me smile when someone shares it back to me without knowing where it came from. 😉

  25. Monica says:

    Haha found this on Google! Love it! – Vancouver BC

  26. Well, George Takei just shared it on Facebook, so I’d say you’d better watch your stats and comments section to blow up! Good to know I found the actual source of the meme! Good one! Peace (from a real person!)

  27. Paul H says:

    I enjoyed this one; my daughter and I saw it in Wisconsin; my son saw it in Durango, Mexico.

  28. Pretty much>>>>The Princess Bride’s Count Rugen: Why Daylight Savings Time “Sucks” via @JReaHedrick

  29. Lord Baddkitty says:

    Fargo, North Dakota. Forwarded via cell phone from a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Facebook group by my lovely and fantastic wife.

  30. Tamara says:

    Thank you Thank you! This is hilarious and perfect 🙂 I saw it on facebook and had to track the creator down via google. I would like to ask your permission to use it in a blog post….with full credit and a link back, of course.

    I don’t think anything could better describe what daylight savings makes me feel like. 🙂

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  33. April says:

    I looked it up today because my son and his wife are moving here to the eastern time zone from the central time zone tomorrow the same day that we spring forward- they will lose TWO hours- sucked away!

  34. MKEgal says:

    Milwaukee, WI here, saw it shared on FB.

  35. Jeff Buckles says:

    This explains why I feel mostly dead, today.

  36. I searched online to FIND this meme so I could reshare it in 2014…lol. Love this 🙂

  37. Hillary says:

    I caught it on FB in Washington state, though I don’t remember who shared. When my coworkers gave me blank stares this am (evidently I work with people who are too young to remember Princess Bride) I decided to share it on a friend’s timeline who I used to swap PB quips with before he moved. To my horror, I couldn’t find it in my news feed anymore! So I tracked you down so I could share as intended. Thank you!!

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  40. Mike Z says:

    While I’ve watched the P.B. many times because I first saw it as a kid and I have fond memories of it my sister is a total P.B. freak. I was hoping I could get this on a t-shirt or something for her, but I guess since you created it and not the copyright holder that won’t be possible.

    Still, this is very clever.

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  42. elwyn5150 says:

    Thank you, Miracle Max, for restoring my lost hour each year!

  43. @lucyjcomms says:

    #DaylightSavingTime is as bad as it feels: Meme via @JReaHedrick

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    #DaylightSavingTime is as bad as it feels: Meme via @JReaHedrick

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