Be ready to have another second in 2008. It seems that the Earth’s rotation is continually slowing and to make up for it, a leap second is being added on December 31 at 6:59:59 p.m EST. This is not the first time the phenomenon has occurred. Leap seconds have been inserted on numerous occasions since 1972 and the most recent one was on New Year’s Eve 2005. To read a more in depth explanation click here.
I have no idea how many people will be glued to their clocks and watches (the invention of atomic clocks was mentioned in the article) at one second til 7 on 12-31. However, it could have happened in the middle of the night when people are sleeping. Of course, it will be the middle of the night somewhere at that time. However, by the time some think to remember about the leap, it willl be over. Unlike this post… does it seem like I am reaching for a topic?