Archive for June 30th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Independence Day (06/30)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About America’s Independence

June 30 : 04 days to July 4th

Did you know there are nine places named “freedom,” including the most populous city on the list: Freedom, California (population 6,000 residents)?

Did you know there is one city named Patriot in America? It’s in Indiana. Population 192?

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Independence Day Day (07/04)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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(June 30) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Leap Second Adjustment Time

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Leap Second Adjustment Time
A leap second can be added, or subtracted, twice a year to keep time in sync with the atomic clock time.

The second is added, or subtracted, at midnight on June 30th and January 31st.

Although a…leap second is “added” at midnight, its effect actually slows down the atomic clock by one second…since a…leap second represents an extra second that must be counted before the new day can begin.

photo credit: via flickr

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