As people across the country ready themselves for jubilation and have in fact begun counting down the days, hours and seconds until Bush is officially out of office they’re in for a little surprise. A one second surprise to be exact.
Those eager to see 2008 come to a close will have to wait a second longer. A single leap second will be added at the end of the year to accommodate a subtle slow-down in the Earth’s rotation.
The decision, made earlier this year by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, will adjust coordinated universal time (UTC), which is used to calibrate national and regional clocks around the world.
The leap second will be added on 31 December 2008 at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds UTC.
Guess you’ll have to adjust your countdown clocks accordingly. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by accidentally celebrating one second too early.
On top of that when the countdown for the new year starts when it gets down to 10 we’re really going to have to say 11 and start from there.
This could make Y2K look like a walk in the park. Oh…wait.