Hallelujah -- looks like I'll have time to do some of those things I've been putting off this year:
Along with the economy, the Earth itself is slowing down, requiring timekeepers to add an extra second to their atomic clocks to keep in sync with Earth's slightly slowing rotation. So an extra second will be tacked on to Dec. 31 after 6:59:59 p.m. and before 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
That extra second will make 2008 — already long with an extra day on Feb. 29 — the longest year since 1992.
Don't spread the word around