HAPPY LEAP DAY to you!!!
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 - It's still Leap Day!
I was reading about people whose birthdays are February 29th. They are told to pick February 28th or March 1st as their birthday because the computers can't recognize February 29th.
What a bunch of leaping crap. Really, computers that can do trillions of calculations per second, can't figure out how to incorporate one single, simple, SPECIAL day into their programs. That's just being lazy. Not to mention rude.
Here's what I found out about Leap Day/Leap Year from Time and Date.com:
Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year) – to circle once around the Sun.
However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!
Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman empire over 2000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by 4 would be a leap year. This lead to way too many leap years, but didn't get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar more than 1500 years later.
In the Gregorian calendar 3 criteria must be met to be a leap year:
- The year is evenly divisible by 4;
- If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
- The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.