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2005 to be 31536001 seconds long. Stop them messing with Time!

category international | sci-tech | other press author Monday December 26, 2005 18:45author by o as if Report this post to the editors

before its too late.

Time is very special, and no-one really knows who owns it. One thing is clear - we don't. But over the millenia we have seen the state or church whichever was more powerful at that particular time meddle with both calenders and hours.

On the 31st of December 2005, an extra second will be added to the world's clocks meaning the year will last 31536001 seconds rather than the usual 3156000.
Time Ladies & Gentlemen Please. It waits for no-one
Time Ladies & Gentlemen Please. It waits for no-one

The decision has been made by the US naval observatory and is part of an ongoing established practise of introducing "leap seconds" which was agreed at the creation of "Coordinated Universal Time" in 1958 and the increasing popularity of Atomic clocks.

This year's leap second will be the 23rd since the International time keeping agreement was signed.
of August to be precise.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/25/AR2005122500496.html
CONTROVERSIAL
http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=84698

Though that depends on whose article you read.

Some wikipedians reckon that a leap second has been squeezed into every year since 1972.
http://www.answers.com/topic/universal-time
sometimes they slipped in the extra second at the end of June instead of December.
http://columbia.thefreedictionary.com/universal+time

SINISTER
http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/office/given/timekeeping.html
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

www.thetimenow.com/worldclock.php -more accessible version for sight impaired.

CONSPIRACY
In many countries the poor and simple mark the New Year by celebrating popular festive occasions ignoring the state medium of television. The extra second will effect their brains and computers. Kiritimati on the Christmas Islands, in Kiribati enters 2006 first. Will these people be properly advised in time?

The last link is for nerds who want to see the countdown to 2006 second by second on their computer screens. But Don't Panic : Just remember its not y2k. :-)

Related Link: http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/newyeara.html

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   best place to put this.     iosaf    Fri Mar 02, 2007 14:24 
   1 Peruvian Student & one 1 Indiginous Peruvian Citizen (total 2) lost their lives on VT day.     hogworts    Wed Apr 18, 2007 23:29 
   Venezuela adopts 30 minute time change. - important news for visitors to the Bolivarian revolution     iosaf    Wed Dec 12, 2007 14:31 
   Actually     pat c    Wed Dec 12, 2007 14:38 
   you got me there Pat. BBC explains how lots of places are on not on hour steps.     iosaf    Wed Dec 12, 2007 14:52 
   as strange as it may seem 2008 is to be 31536001 seconds long as well.     chronos - yer grim reaper bloke.    Wed Dec 31, 2008 22:00 
   This very vulnerability allowed NTP and time to down the internet - 2014     o as if    Tue Feb 11, 2014 20:07 
   hi iosaf     wageslave    Thu Feb 13, 2014 01:45 
   TOR - 60% Financed by the US Military, . . . Feeling Safer now?     FFS    Thu Feb 13, 2014 23:06 
 10   they are doing it again.     iosaf    Sat Dec 31, 2016 04:38 
 11   heartbeat     Phil Sophia    Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:51 
 12   mould     Hypha    Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:05 


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