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    Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Using a complex model, [Richard Gross] 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
    It seems like there isn't enough time in each day already, now because of this quake, days are even shorter!

    Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    I've never really used that particular microsecond anyway...



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    That's a pisser. I need a 30 hour day. That'd give me two extra hours to work, two extra hours to play, and two extra hours to sleep.



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Can't they get it back somehow?


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Well, from what I gather, the Mayan calendar was obsolete in a few years anyway. Just have to retool a little sooner.


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Can't they get it back somehow?
    Well, if the 1978 film version of Superman taught mankind anything, it's that Ned Beatty's career really bloomed after Deliverance, Superman's dad is really Vito Corleone, and that the earth's rotaion can be reversed if someone flies around it fast enough. The culmination of these three great truths ought to be more than enough to offset any changes the Chilean earthquake has caused.


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Well, if the 1978 film version of Superman taught mankind anything, it's that Ned Beatty's career really bloomed after Deliverance, Superman's dad is really Vito Corleone, and that the earth's rotaion can be reversed if someone flies around it fast enough. The culmination of these three great truths ought to be more than enough to offset any changes the Chilean earthquake has caused.
    You could also fly around the world, and get to where you're going before you left.



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Just means less time for some to complain about MBB!

    How many micro seconds does it take to blink??



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    I thought my internal clock was a screwy. Now I know why.



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Thanks for the news, but I don't think this factoid is going to keep me awake at night--I waste more time than that every day anyhow, as in writing stuff like this!



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    Thanks for the news, but I don't think this factoid is going to keep me awake at night--I waste more time than that every day anyhow, as in writing stuff like this!
    So... what you are saying is you couldn't type the above in less than 1.26 microseconds?

    Who was your typing/keyboarding instructor?


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    How am I going to ever catch up on my sleep now!?!?



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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Looks like the Sumatran quake lost us some time too. Many more of these, and its gonna be nighttime all the time.


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone42 View Post
    It seems like there isn't enough time in each day already, now because of this quake, days are even shorter!

    Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    is it just me or does it look like they overlooked the coefficient for manifest mass, which throws off there equation by about .45 microseconds?


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    Re: Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

    According to Wolfram|Alpha, a microsecond is the average length of a single human eye blink.

    microseconds blink - Wolfram|Alpha

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