*(disclaimer: this is a classic filler post, I’m tired, fighting a cold and not a happy camper)
Quick background info from Wikipedia:
“A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.
“For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365… Adding an extra day to the calendar every four years compensates for the fact that a period of 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost 6 hours.”
So yeah, now you know.
And just in case you are not a die hard “30 Rock” fan like myself, last week they devoted an entire episode to the phenomenon. They only get this opportunity every four years so they really couldn’t pass this up, epecially since it is HIGHLY unlikely they will still be on the air in another four years. #sadbuttrue
Maybe you don’t want to watch the entire episode, that’s cool, that’s cool. Below is an excerpt explaining the “Leap Day “ holiday. Enjoy!
Kenneth: “…every four years you get a magical extra day!”
Pete: “A day to do the things you ordinarily wouldn’t do, to take chances!”
Yeah yeah kinda corny but not a bad message. You have an extra day this year, make it a good one!