Wednesday, December 31st — Leap Second

December 31, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that tonight will have an extra second added to it.  It’s called a leap second, and it’s added to a year to smooth out the discrepancy between astronomical time (which stipulates that the sun be overhead at exactly noon and is subject to variations because of the inexact nature of the Earth’s rotation — affected by severe weather, volcanos, natural wobbles, and the like) and the official atomic time.

Anyone with a timepiece which receives accuracy updates from a reliable source to keep itself synched with UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) will see that the final minute of 2008 will contain 61 seconds, with the readout showing 58, 59, 60, and then 00.

So enjoy that New Year’s kiss with someone for an extra second tonight!  Or, for added annoyance, sing Auld Lang Syne a second later than everyone else.  And here are the lyrics for said song, so that you don’t look like a moron.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should
old acquaintance be forgot,
and
old times since?

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,

we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
And surely I’ll
buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and
picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered
many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us
broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And
give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll
take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

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