Today Is 1 Second Longer Than Normal. Here Are 5 Ways To Spend All That Extra Time

Tonight, just before 8:00 p.m. EST, time as we know it will change – at least for a second. That’s right, it’s “Leap Second Day,” the one day where the universe finally gives back. The Earth has been running a little slow lately, 2 milliseconds slow to be exact, so to make up for it scientists are adding a second to the Coordinated Universal Time. As a result, 11:59:59 will be followed by 11:59:60 Greenwich Mean Time. Which is really not fair because if I show up late to work I will be fired, but when the Earth is running late the entire meaning of time is changed to make it okay.

Leap seconds don’t come around very often, there have only been three in the last fifteen years. That’s why it’s so important not to waste them. So here are some suggestions of how to make the absolute most out of your Leap Second Day.

Send a single emoji to your best friend.

Houston Barber

You probably won’t have time to write an entire text saying “Happy Leap Second” but this party hat emoji will do just fine.


Learn the chorus to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Jeff Mosco

It’s a beautiful song and you can memorize all the words to the chorus in just one second.

Do two Google searches.

Houston Barber


The average time of a Google search is .4 seconds, so you can do two of those bad boys and still have a whole .2 seconds to spare.

Flap your wings 80 times (only works if you’re a hummingbird).


You should be able to squeeze one in at least.

Do some slicing.

If scientists can add seconds to the day at any moment then time really has no meaning. Take some time to think about that, but only for a second. Then you’ll want to get on with your everyday life. 

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