Happy LEAP Day!!!

Friday, February 29, 2008

For those of you who didn't know why we have this crazy day...I'll share with you what I just read...

"Leap years, leap days and leaplings owe their existence to the peculiar way we keep time and lay out our calendars. While we conventionally count a year as lasting 365 days, it actually takes our planet 365 days, six hours, nine minutes and 9.7 seconds to complete a single revolution in its orbit around the sun. Astronomers call that a sidereal year, and it's close enough to count as 365 and one quarter days. So in order to get rid of that pesky quarter-day (and make the scientific facts reconcile with our regular calendar), we add a single day back onto the calendar every four years. So 2008 will last 366 days, not 365--and anyone born Feb. 29, 2008, will have to wait until 2012 for their next true birthday."

Very interesting! It's funny how I never really knew why we did that...lol

This photo of Marc from the Merry Andrews Show, seemed appropriate. :)

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