My dog didn’t eat my homework
She read that the massive Chilean earthquake knocked the earth off its axis — and caused “time to be lost.” At school today, she asked Mrs. Calabash for a 1.26 microsecond extension on her research paper about dinosaurs. (Her request was immediately granted.)
From the NASA website:
JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth’s rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation that the quake should have shortened the length of an Earth day by about 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).
The full NASA link is here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earth-20100301.html
[Disclosure: For students who need more than an extra microsecond, a list of good excuses can be found here: http://www.jobprofiles.org/library/students/the-ferris-bueller.htm …. Rocky awaits an announcement from the NY Stock Exchange whether the trading day will be shortened by 1.26 microseconds.]