On 05/29/13 05:59, Michael Sierchio wrote:
On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM, Joshua Isom <jri...@gmail.com> wrote:

You think it's trivial until you read this:


Some days have 86400 seconds, some have 86401.  There is a provision for
two leap seconds to be applied at once, but that hasn't ever happened.

A little pedantic nitpick: no there isn't, that was caused by an initial misreading of the definition of leap seconds. There *can* be two leap seconds in a year (which is what caused the confusion), but if that happens one will be at the end of June and the other at the end of December, they'll not happen together.

Theoretically it's possible to have a negative leap second, but as that would require the Earth's core to collapse enough to spin it faster or a hit from a massive impactor, I'd rather not be around to see it. :-}

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