Tuesday, June 30, will be exactly one second longer than the typical day. That’s thanks to the “leap second,” which gets added on to a day every now and again to compensate for a constant gravitation tug-of-war between Earth and the moon that very gradually slows our planet’s rotation.
The leap second made us wonder: exactly how much do America’s largest companies make during that extra second?
- Walmart, the largest company in the world, makes enough in one second ($15,390) to feed a family of four for over 14 months.
- It takes Exxon Mobil one second to generate enough revenue ($12,124) to buy one half of a Toyota Prius.
- Chevron makes enough in one second ($6,457) to buy 2,333 gallons of gasoline.
- Berkshire Hathaway takes in enough in one second ($6,169) to buy almost 16,000 cans of Coke, the favorite soda of Berkshire founder Warren Buffett.
- With the amount Apple makes every second ($5,793), the company could buy nine new unlocked iPhones.
And how much does the average American household make in one second? According to the U.S. Census, the answer is less than a cent. It’s pretty good to be a giant corporation.