Every four years, we add a leap day to compensate for the fact that the Earth takes a little longer than a calendar year to make a complete orbit around the sun. Without them, we’d eventually have snow in the middle of June.
Well, to compensate for an unexpected slowdown in the Earth’s rotation this year, scientists have decided to add an extra second to 2016 to help keep us in sync.
The National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom uses an atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale for the world’s less accurate clocks to follow. And they need to add the extra second to the New Year’s countdown because standard time is currently lagging behind atomic clocks.
So as the clocks strike midnight tomorrow, they’ll show a time of 23:59:60 at the very end, delaying 2017 for a second.
NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley explained:
“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”
“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.”
“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”
The problem? 2016 has been kind of a terrible year, so people aren’t too happy about having to sit through another second it.
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If you can believe it, 2016 is nearly over and there’s only a few more holidays before we start what will hopefully be a slightly more calm year. And with Halloween just around the corner, it might seem odd to you that a certain Christmas decoration is already flying off the shelve.Nothing says Christmas like a vulva. That’s why one genius on Etsy has decided to start selling
What is it? Well, as we all know, nothing says Christmas like a vulva. That’s why one genius on Etsy has decided to start selling Christmas tree decorations shaped like vaginas.
Feltmelons is selling the baubles, which come in a wide variety of vibrant colors. And yes, they’re all handcrafted with love.
And yes, they come complete with a jingling Christmas clitoris. There are also different sizes available if you don’t think that having a massive vagina on your tree is appropriate.
Believe it or not, they’ve been selling hundreds of these things from as early as August. And customers are very satisfied with their purchases. One customer even went as far as to call them “vagtastic.”
If you want to oblige, you can find them here.
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