Tuesday 30 June 2015

Nation wondering how to use leap second as excuse for a lie-in


leap second

Workers across the country are checking if a leap second provides them with a plausible reason for their alarm not going off tomorrow.

With an extra second added to clocks this evening, potential chaos in global IT systems is less important to most people on whether they can get away with being late to the office in the morning.

Office worker Simon Williams told us, “I quite like a leap year, especially when I use that extra day in February to do something fun – but I’m not sure how a leap second helps me?”

“It’s hardly worth putting something in the diary, except maybe ‘think about people less fortunate than me’.”

“But it does sound like it will cause problems for lots of computers, so does that extend to my 15-year-old FM radio alarm clock?”

“I quite like the idea of rolling into the office about 11am and explaining that the leap second stopped my alarm from working.”

“Is that even remotely plausible?”

“Remember, as far as work is concerned I’ve lost six grandmothers in three years, so they’re not particularly smart.”

Leap second

Meanwhile sci-fi fan Daniel Smith said he was excited by the prospect of claiming an extra second.

“It’s like time-travelling!” he told us.

“Some people have pointed out might that it’s just a necessary change due to the gravitational effect of the moon on the rotation of the Earth – but trust me, as of tomorrow I’ve got ‘Time Traveller’ on my CV.”

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