just a second.
It has come to my attention, thanks to rueters, yahoo, google, msn, cnn, and rick reilly, that the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service will be adding one second to 2008 tonight, just before midnight. This addendum to 2008 will “fix” what time-scientists believe is an unacceptable gap between our current time and the slowing rotation of the earth about its axis. Now, Im all for science, and fixing things…but you would think, if you were adding just one second to a whole year, you would maybe pick a less conspicuous time to do it. New Year’s Eve is really the only time all year that people around the world are actually paying attention to every second that goes by..why not just sneak it in at 3:15 am on June 12th?…no one would even notice.
(‘3..2..1..1..Happy New Year!’)
Joe Dude (my main roommate and science answer guy) proposes that the IERaRSS is using this ‘extra-second’ bit to garner some global attention…I mean, let’s face it.. International Timekeeper isn’t exactly the flashiest job in the science field. Maybe this midnight modification, coupled with their new slogan “We Control the Time” will help the International Service turn the corner…but I wouldn’t count on it..