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 spendyourleapsecondhere.com 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”:
and “Mariah Carey’s dog getting into a fight with Mariah Carey’s cat, during Mariah Carey’s ‘Cribs’ episode”:
Amusingly, the URL johnoliversecstapes.com also redirects to the leap second video site.
Watch the full video: