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No matter where in the world you live, we all can agree on at least one very fundamental fact: one minute has sixty seconds of time.  

Or does it?  

The decision to add an extra second to the last minute of June has global banks and organisations worried that the 61-second minute could cause havoc with their systems. 

GeoBeats News reports:

The last minute of June 2015 will be 61 seconds long, a decision made by the global timekeeping body that is sending Wall Street and other business scrambling to avoid glitches in their systems.

An additional second will be added on to the end of the day on June 30, 2015, resulting in a rare 61 second minute.

Instead of resetting to zero after reaching the 59 second mark, the clock will instead read 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 60 seconds.

This decision was made by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, the global timekeeping body, in order to reconcile the atomic clock with the Earth’s rotation.

These leap seconds are incorporated every few years, with 25 occurring since 1972.

The last one will have happened exactly three years prior to the one scheduled for next month.

Workers on Wall Street and other time-sensitive industries are nervous about potentially costly computer glitches that may happen as a result.

Amazon Web Services has stated that it is planning for a temporary time discrepancy since its systems will not be registering the 60th second.

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  • Bill Bender

    So amazon has their shit figured out but the banks don’t? Hmmm.