First An Economic Slowdown, Now A Clock Slowdown

As if 2008 hasn’t felt extraordinarily long already—heck, we already had Feb. 29th added as leap day—it now turns out there’s going to be a leap second added at the end of the year. In order to put clocks in synch with the rotation of the Earth, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris—yes, there is such a group—has decreed that on December 31 at 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds, clocks will pause while an extra second is added to the year. Just what we need, one more second of George Bush in office.

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