By Jason DeRusha

By Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When do political lawn signs disappear? Why do we fall back at 2 a.m. instead of 1 a.m.? And what exactly is “natural” flavoring? WCCO-TV is replying all to viewers’ Good Questions.

When do political lawn signs have to be removed? – Diane in Ramsey

There’s a state law about this. It clearly states that campaign signs during a statewide election can go up 46 days before the state primary, and they have to come down 10 days after the general election.

So, in this election, candidates have through the end of the day Friday, November 12th to get the signs out of here.

Why do we “fall back” and “spring forward” at 2 a.m.? — Krissy in Kimball

The practice in the United States dates to a 1918 federal law, which stipulates 2 a.m. It’s hard to know why they picked 2, but midnight wouldn’t work, because you’d roll back to the previous day. And 1 a.m. is bad, because rolling back to midnight could be confusing as to the date. So, 2 a.m. is the next logical time.

What exactly are “natural” flavors? – Jackie from Mahtomedi

You see it on the labels of soda, candy, Rice-A-Roni, crackers, just about everything has “natural flavors.”

There is a definition under the Code of Federal Regulations. It’s an essential oil or something that’s been cooked out of a natural substance.

According to the code, a “natural flavor” can be “a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products.”

It’s still made in a lab by flavorists and, chemically, natural flavors can be identical to artificial flavors.


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