50 Things You Can Do With an Extra Second

Today is extended by one leap second—use it wisely.

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Everyone always wishes for an extra hour (or two) in the day. The good news? On June 30, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERRS) has given us a little extra time—specifically, one second. Known as the "leap second," it helps to keep our standard measure of time (Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC) aligned to the Earth's rotation. Our standard day lasts 86,400 seconds, but the "solar day," based on the Earth's rotation, averages about 86,400.002 seconds. To account for that tiny discrepancy—which does add up—there have been 25 leap seconds since 1972. What to do with the found time? We have a few ideas.

1. Blink.
2. Breathe.
3. Snap your fingers (one time).
4. Look right.
5. Look left.
6. Glance out the window.
7. Glance in a mirror.
8. Say, "Hi."
9. Stick out your tongue.
10. Lick an ice cream cone.
11. Swallow the ice cream.
12. Write the first letter of your name.
13. Strike a pose.
14. Jump.
15. Scream.
16. Ring a doorbell.
17. Cough (once).
18. Sniff.
19. Pinch someone.
20. Take the cap off of a marker.
21. Replace the cap on a marker.
22. Underline one word (a short word).
23. Count to 1.
24. Turn a page.
25. Stand up abruptly.
26. Eavesdrop (very quickly).
27. Think of a word.
28. Turn a doorknob.
29. Click on a link.
30. Press "Play."
31. Press "Pause."
32. Delete an email.
33. Point.
34. Frown.
35. Smile.
36. Press any letter on your keyboard.
37. Knock on someone's door (once).
38. Open a book.
39. Close a book.
40. Stub your toe.
41. Cross something out.
42. Give someone a quick nod of recognition.
43. Tilt your head to the side.
44. Play one beat on a drum.
45. Spray a burst of air freshener.
46. Kick something.
47. Click your pen.
48. Turn on a light.
49. Turn off a light.
50. Wink.