At the third stroke, the time will be 11:59 and 60 seconds precisely...
|Every second counts.|
To explain the reasoning behind leap seconds, without getting too scientific, the speed of Earth's rotation varies by tiny amounts due to geological occurrences, as well as the pull of the Moon and the Sun, so the leap second is basically a way of ensuring our calendar remains precisely accurate.
You may think, "It's only a second! What's the big deal about a second?" but in actual fact a surprisingly high amount of activity can take place in a single second.
For example, every second...
1) ...the Earth orbits 18.5 miles around the Sun!
2) ...the Solar System travels 155 miles around the galactic centre of the Milky Way!
3) ...light travels 186,282 miles in a vacuum.
|2 people getting married.|
Slightly less than the average number of
people who get married every second.
5) ...4.3 babies are born.
6) ...1.8 people die.
7) ...2.95 people get married.
8) ...1.33 people get divorced.
9) ...over a million people fart!*
* Approximately 1,154,513 people to give a more precise figure.
10) ...Bill Gates earns $250.
11) ...an employee on minimum wage in the UK earns 0.18p.
12) ...the poorest workers in the world earn 0.00074p.
13) ...a bullet can travel 900 metres.
14) ...a formula 1 car can travel 104 metres.
15) ...Usain Bolt can travel 12.27 metres.
16) ...a sloth can travel 6.6 centimetres.
|82,465 people fall asleep every second.|
18) ...82,465 people wake up.*
* Figures are based on the assumption that everyone goes to sleep once a day. However, obviously that's not strictly true, as for example I sometimes have a quick power snooze when I get in from work, and a few people may pull an all-nighter. The figure of 82,465 is therefore an estimated approximation, but I suspect the exact figure may be a fraction higher.
19) ...16,000 people read the BBC website.
20) ...0.1 people read the Charles Fudgemuffin blog!
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If you'd like to join the 16,000 people who read the BBC website every second then I recommend this webpage:
12 of the funniest animal faces...
Or if you'd like to join the 0.1 people who read the Charles Fudgemuffin blog every second then I recommend this blog post:
Be the first of your friends to like this post...
Update: Big thanks to Nick's brother for letting us know that Nick and his fiance have sadly called off their wedding, so the updated figure for the number of people who get married every second is now 2.9499999.