Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

December 29, 2005

2005 is a Leap Year?

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:44 pm

Well, sort of. The last minute of 2005 will be 61 seconds long, as a leap second is added to the year. To keep all the time zones in sync, that will be the “last minute of 2005, coordinated universal time” (which is the new name for Greenwich mean time) — which will be right before 7pm on the U.S. erast coast (for example).

Remember to reset your watches! Or, as Samantha Burns puts it, “That’s just great. Now my whole year is going to be thrown off schedule.”

Why does this have to happen? Because the earth doesn’t rotate at exactly hte same speed every day. A few years ago I heard a scientist quoted as saying, “We have to synchronize our super-accurate atomic clocks with our llousy earth clock.”

2 Responses to “2005 is a Leap Year?”

  1. romy Says:

    hee !
    am i the only one who thinks this is cool?

  2. Different River Says:

    Well obviously I thought it was cool, or I wouldn’t have posted it! ;-)

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