2005_12_clock1.jpg Speaking of New Year's Eve, it turns out that it is going to be one second longer than usual this year. The scientists in charge of maintaining world time have to insert a "leap second" for the first time in seven years, in order to keep atomic time sync'd up with the Earth's rotational time (um, what?) The point is that your New Year's Party can be extended by exactly 1000 milliseconds this year, which is perfect for doing one last shot of vodka before ringing in 2006:

On the U.S. East Coast, the extra second occurs just before 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Atomic clocks at that moment will read 23:59:60 before rolling over to all zeros.

As none of the clocks in our apartment are less than ten minutes off, this change will not be affecting us-- but there are plenty of time-nerds out there throwing "leap-second" themed NYE parties-- send us pictures if you get invited to one! [Related: you can catch all the excitement of the leap second on the US Government's official time site.]