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29th December
2008
written by Sean Noble

2008 will be one second longer than normal.  This happens as a result of adjustments that must be made to our time-keeping ability because the earth isn’t completely consistent in its rotation.  This article explains it better than I can.

There must be some overarching geo-political angle on this, but I haven’t figured it out.

There is a personal angle, however.  Adding one second to a year has happened 24 times since 1972.  Since I was born in 1970, that means I’m actually 24 seconds younger than I look.  Can’t you tell?

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