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Leap second - we get one added to our clocks tonight!

Big news everybody - did you hear that we gain an extra second on the clock tonight, just before July 1 officially arrives? I believe it's happening the second before midnight.

Supposedly, this isn't the first "leap second" we've gotten over the years. Leap seconds are added to the clock to accommodate for the fact that the Earth is rotating a bit slower these days. The extra second will help "compensate for variations in the Earth's speed" (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/leap-second-to-be-added-to-the-clock-tuesday/).

I haven't made any plans yet for what I will do with this extra second. Mildred my Cat has decided to take a quickie cat nap. Hopefully I'll be able to come up with something equally celebratory for this special event.

Any of you have any special plans for your extra second?

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MelissaE wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:02 PM

I might sleep an extra second in the morning. Does time really exist?

LindaCPearson wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:04 PM

Your guess is as good as mine on the time question! I have no idea!

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:19 PM

I thinks I will join Mildred and sleep it away. Might refresh me a lot

LindaCPearson wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:21 PM

I'll probably do the same, since I haven't come up with any better ideas! Enjoy your extra sleep!

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:34 PM

Can't remember who said this. Think it was Will Rogers or Saitchel Page. The quote goes something like: “If you didn't know how old you werem how old would you be?” With all the clock changing – an hour forward, an hour backward, leap year adds a day, and now we get an extra second? I'll bet I'm a centenarian and don't even know it! :)

LindaCPearson wrote on June 30, 2015, 8:44 PM

I could be a centenarian as well! I can't keep up with all the leaps. Some of the leaps occur more than once a year. I think we get more than one leap second per year.

nerdieeds wrote on July 1, 2015, 2:21 AM

Wow, this is a good to know information. I haven't heard about it before. Thanks for sharing.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on July 1, 2015, 3:45 AM

Don´t blink or you will miss it LOL emoticon :winking:

Paulie wrote on July 1, 2015, 4:02 AM

A second doesn't seem like much time, but professional football and basketball players sure know how to use this time to score points!

LindaCPearson wrote on July 1, 2015, 9:40 AM

You are very welcome. This is the first I've ever heard about this also. Most of us have heard of Leap Year but not Leap Second.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:01 PM

There were actually worries because a previous leap second threw off a few computer systems. In at least one case, the outage lasted a couple of days.

Kasman wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:04 PM

I thought it seemed that it was rather a long night!

Kasman wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:08 PM

The frequency of the leap second is slowing down as the rotation of the Earth slows down (which is the reason we have them). In the last 15 years there have been only three leap seconds added to our calendar.

LindaCPearson wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:25 PM

You definitely sound more leap-second savvy than I am! Thanks for the additional info!

LindaCPearson wrote on July 1, 2015, 7:27 PM

Very funny! Mildred, as promised, slept through the extra second. I was admittedly drowsy by then and actually forgot to remember to do something significant!

Shellyann36 wrote on July 4, 2015, 8:32 PM

I saw that while I was doing my Bing searches. I wonder why the earth is getting slower at its rotations?

cheri wrote on July 6, 2015, 9:02 PM

I am not even aware of that. Glad that I read this post.

allen0187 wrote on July 20, 2015, 9:27 PM

I wish they can add an extra second everyday until we have more hours in the days, weeks, months, and years to come!

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 12:12 PM

I am sure I slept it away

MarshaMusselman wrote on December 30, 2015, 10:48 PM

I've never heard about this before, and I missed it in the news this time around also.