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Old Jun 30, '12, 4:33 pm
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Default What will you do with the extra time today?

The Leap second.

The next leap second will be added at 23:59:60 UTC on June 30, 2012.

What are leap seconds?

About every one and a half years, one extra second is added to Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) and clocks around the world. This leap second accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day, slows down over time while the atomic clocks we use to measure time tick away at almost the same speed over millions of years.

So, leap seconds are a means to adjust our clocks to the Earth's slowing rotation.
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Just spent my extra time reading this post ...
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I plan to sleep thru it. I slept thru Y2K; I figure I won't miss anything sleeping thru a leap second
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I plan to sleep thru it. I slept thru Y2K; I figure I won't miss anything sleeping thru a leap second
So did I, and I expected to wake up to a red sky and my refrigerator trying to eat me, but it didn't
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So did I, and I expected to wake up to a red sky and my refrigerator trying to eat me, but it didn't
You're so silly. The refrigerator won't try to eat you until the Mayan calendar ends this December

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