I’ve noticed lately that I’m having more and more trouble getting everything done in a day that I need to get done. I thought maybe I was slowing down, or maybe I just had too much work to do, but now I’ve learned that it isn’t my fault. It was the earthquake in Chile.
Apparently the earthquake last week was so large and violent that it actually caused a small, but detectable, shift of the Earth on its axis. In turn, that shift caused a change in the length of our days—shortening each day by 1.26 millionth of a second.
Now that may not seem like a large difference, but I figure that over time it will add up. So, if like me, you’re getting behind, then take comfort in the fact that it really isn’t your fault. It’s the result of natural forces far beyond our control.