John Oliver created a whole website of hilarious ways to spend your extra leap second

Ticking clocks

An extra second was added to the day at 11am today Sydney time.

Every few years, a “leap second” has to be added to the world’s atomic clocks to account for the difference between their uber-precise time-keeping and the Earth’s rotation rate, which varies as the sun and the moon tug on it.

John Oliver commemorated the occasion on a recent episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight. “I know that an extra second does not seem like that big a deal,” Oliver said in the show, “but you can get a lot done in a second.” 

Last Week Tonight purchased the domain name and created a website with a countdown to the leap second, and a big red button. Pressing the button loads videos of such gems as “an upside-down sloth making a weird sound”:

Sloth gif

and “Mariah Carey’s dog getting into a fight with Mariah Carey’s cat, during Mariah Carey’s ‘Cribs’ episode”:

Mariah carey gif

Amusingly, the URL also redirects to the leap second video site. 

Watch the full video:


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