What Will You Do With Your June 30, 2015, Leap Second?

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (#COMe)


Occurring at midnight on June 30, 2015

Grandson Marcus watching this unusual clock

Grandson Marcus watching this unusual clock

The earth is slowing down a little bit, according to the Paris Observatory. It announced On January 5, 2015,  that in June an extra second will be added to the clock.

At midnight—rather just before midnight—on June 30th clocks will read 11:59:60, making 2015 longer by a Leap Second. The first leap second was added in 1972, and it will be the 26th time it has been added to clocks in history.

I wrote the following poem, One Second: Oh, What Shall I Do?, to celebrate having one second more on June 30.

For the past several months, since I heard about this Leap Second, I’ve conducted a survey, asking people What Will You Do With Your June 30, 2015, Leap Second? Interestingly enough, few people even knew the extra second.

Below is a list of the responses I received.

What happens every hour?

What happens every hour?

I don’t know but I hope it’s quite spectacular…maybe catch my breath…  —Laurel: Ligonier, Pa.

I’m going to sleep late. —Cate: Pittsburgh, Pa

First reaction—take another step. —Mary: Laurel Mountain Borough, Pa

Take a breath. —Pat, Irwin

Pray—I do a lot of that. —Colleen: Robinson, Pa

That’s a good one…what are you going to do with your one second (LOL)…I think I’ll spend one more second at the Diamond Café drinking coffee…   —Joe, North Huntingdon

I guess I’ll sleep. —Fred: Huntsville, Alabama

Probably pay another bill with the Internet if it doesn’t take very long. —Tim: Ligonier, Pa

Sleep. —Terry: Pittsburgh, Pa

I take water pills 4 times a day…so do you have any idea what I’ll be doing? —Sharon, New Castle Pa.

Hug my family. —Nancy Lee: Lancaster, N. Y.

Sleep—I’m so tired. I do most of my thinking while sleeping anyway. —Jan, Mt. Pleasant, Pa

Probably do yoga.  —Patricia: Ligonier, Pa

Snap an extra picture.  —Shirleah

Still be thinking about a better answer to this question. —Alison: Ligonier, Pa

Probably sleeping. —Kitty, Belcoville, N. J.

Let my tea cool off before I drink it. —Peri: Pittsburgh, Pa

Probably sleep, get an extra wink of shuteye—what else can you do in a second?  —Lois: Ligonier, Pa

Take a half a deep breath. —Judy: Indian Head, Pa

Probably be spent at work, I’m a registered nurse.  —Nicki: Jennerstown, Pa

I’m sure we’re not going to get paid for it, that’s for sure. Maybe I need to take my vacation that day. I’m looking for benefits for that extra second.  —Sharon, Youngstown, Pa.

I’ll probably sleep in one extra second. —Bob: Bethel Park, Pa

Probably read because any time I get a free second that’s what I want to do. —Unrecorded

Spend time with my family…absolutely. —Joyce, Butler

Spend time with my grandparents. —Julie, Butler Pa

Spend time with my family. —Sarah, Butler Pa

Probably sleep through. —Judy, Cranberry Township Pa

Play a little more golf. —Butch, Cranberry Township Pa

Probably going to eat. —Fred, Seven Fields Pa

I’m gonna read. —Betty, Seven Fields Pa  Might I suggest the poem, One Second: Oh, What Shall I Do?

Probably nothing—probably I’ll be working. Chrissy, New Castle Pa

At a (VFW convention) meeting. —Clint, New Castle Pa

Sleep.  —Michelle, Beaver, Pa

I didn’t even know the were adding an extra second. I wouldn’t know—probably sleep—I’m sure it won’t be any fun.  —Dana, Johnstown, Pa

Working at a blood bank.  —Tom, Beaver, Pa

Perhaps you can use your extra second to read a poem, One Second: Oh, What Shall I Do?

SURVEY QUESTION: What will you do with your extra second? I invite you to answer in the comment box below.


About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to What Will You Do With Your June 30, 2015, Leap Second?

  1. Grace ( & Fred) Wells says:

    Spend more time on facebook !


  2. Pingback: One Second: Oh, What Shall I Do? | Carolyn's Online Magazine

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