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What will you do with your extra second this year? Leap Second 2006.

Old 12-25-05, 12:06 PM
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What will you do with your extra second this year? Leap Second 2006.

In a few short days, the year will be over. Perhaps there's something you wanted to do this year but haven't had the chance. Well here's your chance!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Get ready for a minute with 61 seconds. Scientists are delaying the start of 2006 by the first "leap second" in seven years, a timing tweak meant to make up for changes in the Earth's rotation.

The adjustment will be carried out by sticking an extra second into atomic clocks worldwide at the stroke of midnight Coordinated Universal Time, the widely adopted international standard, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology said this week.

"Enjoy New Year's Eve a second longer," the institute said in an explanatory notice. "You can toot your horn an extra second this year."

Coordinated Universal Time coincides with winter time in London. On the U.S. East Coast, the extra second occurs just before 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Atomic clocks at that moment will read 23:59:60 before rolling over to all zeros.

A leap second is added to keep uniform timekeeping within 0.9 second of the Earth's rotational time, which can speed up or slow down because of many factors, including ocean tides. The first leap second was added on June 30, 1972, according to NIST, an arm of the U.S. Commerce Department.

High-speed communications systems among other modern technologies require precise time measurements.

Since 1999 until recently, the two time standards have been in close enough synch to escape any need to add a leap second, NIST said.

Although it is possible to have a negative leap second -- that is, a second deducted from Coordinated Universal Time -- so far all have been add-ons, reflecting the Earth's general slowing trend due to tidal breaking.

Deciding when to introduce a leap second is the responsibility of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, a standards-setting body. Under an international pact, the preference for leap seconds is December 31 or June 30.
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/25/lea...eut/index.html
Me? That's one extra cracker to consume. Well, about 3 chews of one.
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Old 12-25-05, 12:36 PM
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Make love to my wife
Old 12-25-05, 01:39 PM
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Same here. Except with my wife, not yours.
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What eateries are opened today?

Anyone know what's open to go buy food at? I don't feel like cooking so a restaurant or drive-through would be preferable.
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At 5pm on New Year's Eve? I guess I'll sit on my ass and take one extra swig of beer, waiting for my buddy to show up. There's not much else to do around that time.
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I am really looking forward to the extra time...


Wait a second, you tricked me! I just wasted it reading this thread!
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Wouldn't that screw up the whole Times Square thingy on Saturday night?

4!... 3!... 2!... 1!... Uhhhh!... ZERO!!!
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Let me think a sec.. oh... never mind.
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I can be a depressed loser for one more second!! hahaah
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This will give me a chance to get caught up on blinks!
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what are you gonna do with the other 9/10 of a second?
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Build a fence, rake the leaves, fix the broken garage door, work out.
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I guess scientists officially have nothing better to do.
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....and, it appears, neither do we.
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Originally Posted by kenbuzz
Wouldn't that screw up the whole Times Square thingy on Saturday night?

4!... 3!... 2!... 1!... Uhhhh!... ZERO!!!
They did this a few years back, and I believe it went:

4...3...2...1...Leap...Happy New Year!
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Maybe they will take a lesson from virtually every dog owner:
4...3...2...1....psych!....Happy New Year
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