Hear and Now: 2016 Wants to Stick Around for a Little Longer

Allison Loudermilk

Hear and Now: 2016 Wants to Stick Around for a Little Longer HowStuffWorks Now
Hear and Now: 2016 Wants to Stick Around for a Little Longer HowStuffWorks Now

Season's greetings, readers! Here's a sneak peek of the two stories you'll hear about in the latest episode of the HowStuffWorks Now podcast.

Holiday parties are in full swing now, with Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve almost upon us. For centuries, people have been partying down at this time of year. But there was a period in U.S. history when the season wasn't so jolly, thanks to the Puritans. In fact, the Mayflower folks, not all of whom were Puritans, worked on their very first Christmas in America. The HowStuffWorks Now podcast team gives you the details on that bah humbug history.

We also learned that the year 2016 will require an additional second tacked on before 2017 rolls in and sweeps 2016 under the rug. How come? It seems that the planet's rotation is slowing down imperceptibly, and every year-and-a half or so, it loses a second. Editor Christopher Hassiotis brings you that news, written by Patrick Kiger.

Want to hear more about either of these stories? Just push play on the podcast embedded here or grab it on your favorite podcasting service. And, as ever, if you like what you hear, please subscribe