Today is a very special day but one that will largely go forgotten so to ensure you don’t waste even a second of it ( no pun intended) I thought I’d let you know.
Before the invention of the Atomic Clock we all coordinated our measurements of time on the rotation of the earth – the rising of the sun and all that.
Now this caused many issues as it is a bit inconsistent to say the least. We have advanced technologically by leaps and bounds over the last 100 years or so and therefore consistency of time has become ever more relevant to our daily lives. It is now actually important that aside from the time zone implications changing the designated hours, clocks in Tokyo are set to read the same ‘time’ as those in New York or London or Sydney.
This is the reason that every so often we must actually add a second to make sure that the world continues to revolve correctly and planes don’t crash into each other due to a scheduling mismatch.
Technically speaking although it isn’t today nor was it yesterday, at Midnight (in a made up addition to our space-time continuum) it happens to be one of these times when even our highly accurate atomic clocks need to add a ‘leap second’.
I believe this to have been at midnight UK Time as the Atomic Clock at the National Physics Laboratory is recognised (currently) as the most accurate in the world. It was at 23:59:59 on the 30.06.12 (June the 30th for those that use alternate date designation) that the atomic clock didn’t suddenly click across to 00:00:00 but in a quirk that only scientists really understand we added a second.
So for a fraction of a minute (1/60th to be precise) the atomic clock read 23:59:60.
So whatever you do don’t waste it – this added time in your life. Use it to email to say Hell (if like me you probably can’t type Hello quick enough !), or just maybe to think of someone special or do something else that takes hardly anytime at all.
But if for whatever you didnt realise your massive opportunity and have done nothing about it don’t worry too much as there will be another one along relatively soon – just don’t blink as you may miss it !