Re: [LEAPSECS] ABC leapsec article

From: Randy Kaelber <randy_at_MARS.ASU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:32:13 -0700

On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 09:05:38AM -0800, Steve Allen wrote:
> On Sat 2005-11-12T14:53:29 -0800, Tom Van Baak hath writ:
> > The other 3 alerts that occasionally give interesting
> > results are leapsecond, "leap hour", and leaphour.
> It deserves mention that scanning news for the corresponding words in
> seven other languages picks up more articles, but it turns out that
> aside from English it's the German speakers who seem most fascinated
> by the subject.

Before anybody gets to putting a sociological importance to that, it
deserves to be pointed out that Germany is the most populous country in
Europe (unless you count Russia as part of Europe), so it is likely there
are correspondingly more German language publications. One would have to
come up with an actual number of stories divided by number of publications
to draw these sorts of conclusions, and even then it's not terribly

Randy Kaelber                              
Scientific Software Engineer
Mars Space Flight Facility, Department of Geological Sciences
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Received on Mon Nov 14 2005 - 13:33:48 PST

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