Eager to say goodbye to the worst economic year since the Great Depression? You'll have to wait a second.
That's because the custodians of time are preparing to tack a "leap second" onto the clock on Wednesday to account for the minute slowing of the Earth's rotation — meaning champagne toasts and Auld Lang Synes will have to come a second late.
-- The Associated Press: Scientists prolong gloom of 2008
Just the facts: the first leap second was added in 1972, and the most recent one was in 2005. More info (and less editorializing) at timeanddate.com.