Monday, 29 December 2008

Leaping for a Leap Second! Yes We Can!

I've just read there will be an extra second added on at the end of Dec 31st 2008, something The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service refers to as a 'leap second'.

Leap seconds need to be added every so often due to fluctuations in the rotational speed of the earth around the Sun. An additional second is deemed necessary this year as a direct result of the extra force exerted on the Earth when too many people jumped up and down with joy at the news of Barack Obama winning the US election. The impact of his success literally changed the shape of the world momentarily which then altered its rotational speed causing scientists to conclude that the only way to reset the balance was by adding an extra second.

Here are some examples of Obama supporters jumping:

Democratic underpants alert!












even fish contributed to the change in the Earths rotational speed...








I hope you make the most of this extra second and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year.

2 comments:

Ian France said...

Hahaha! Nice vids! My personal favorite's the one with the baby jumping for Obama, because you can tell she's genuinely happy. Happy New Year!

chalky said...

Happy New Year Ian!

I like the baby vid too, here's hoping it's a good year for Obama, no pressure on the guy of course!

 
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