Happy Leap Year

Well today is February 29th, which means this is a leap year. I often wondered why we had a leap year when I was younger, but never really got an answer that eased my curiosities. After reading the reason behind a leap year, it all makes sense.

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Basically, the leap year is to keep the calendar in line with the earth’s actual rotation around the sun. Because the amount of days is not a finite number, there had to be some way of making up the time difference.

Egyptians were the first to really implement the leap year. It takes the earth 365.2421 days to orbit the sun, and they couldn’t just ignore the remaining .2421 days. Every day and minute counts, so the dictator Julius CaesarĀ and an astronomer revised the Roman calendar to include the 12 months and 365 days. This was known as the “Julian Calendar” that accounted for a longer solar year by adding a leap day every four years.

This model revised the Roman calendar, which seemed to go on a lunar schedule rather than days/years. The shocking part of this history to me was the fact that Pope Gregory XIII implemented a revised “Gregorian Calendar” in 1582 that took the roughly 11 minutes left from the remaining .242 days. With this calendar, a leap year occurs every four years except for years that are evenly divisible by 100 and not by 400. So, 1900 was not a leap year because it was divisible by 100, but not 400. This is the calendar that we use today, but those last remaining 11 minutes would really bother me. Apparently, we don’t have to worry about that seeing the remaining discrepancies won’t be addressed for another 10,000 years.

Now for some weird traditions. I have never been one to really celebrate a leap year, but this year I keep seeing these weird graphics with images that relate to a tradition. So I went searching for more information. Man, there were some weird traditions. This is the wildest by far:

Ladies’ Law

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So if you have a guy you wanna pop the question to, go for it!

Happy Leap Year!