Tuesday 26 July 2016 by Davywavy

Scientists asked to cancel 2016 leap-second


Leap second 2016

Scientists have been asked to cancel the 2016 ‘leap second’ because people don’t want this year dragging out any longer than it needs to be.

The additional second, which is intended to balance out discrepancies between the rotation of the earth and the accuracy of timekeepers, has been met with weary dismay globally as ‘anything might happen’ in that time.

The time, which is added between 00:00:00 and 00:00:01 at new Year GMT, simply increases the chances of 2016 containing more celebrity deaths, wars, disasters, catastrophes, alien invasions and Simon Cowell than strictly necessary and people are petitioning scientists to drop the suggestion for the greater good.

“What’s the worst that could happen if they drop the second?”, asked Occupy Time protester Simon Williams.

“Some kind of time-related catastrophe where the world falls into a horrific loop where 2016 plays and replays endlessly seems unlikely, and better than any number of other things which might happen in that extra second. We should scrap it for safety’s sake.

“And even if it does, what is Dr Who for if not moments like that?”

However, senior research scientists are reluctant to cancel the extra second, as they were planning on using the extra time to carry out an exciting and groundbreaking experiment at the Large Hadron Collider which can’t possibly go wrong.

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