Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day Miscellaneous

The world's oldest leap day baby celebrates her 25th birthday.

And how did leap day come about?

Way back in 46 B.C., Julius Caesar realized the calendar they were following wasn't working. So he consulted with an astronomer. Together they realized what the Egyptians had already discovered -- that we needed that extra day every four years to stay on track. So he instituted the Julian calendar. But even that wasn't quite right.

The solar year is actually only .242 days longer than the calendar year, and not an even .25. So when we add a full day every four years, we're actually left with a surplus of roughly 11 minutes every year. And that can start to add up.

So finally in 1582, Pope Gregory XVII fixed the glitch and instituted the Gregorian calendar which we still follow today.

How is it different? We'll let Michio Kaku explain:

"The 11 minutes difference in one year's rotation builds up. And that's why the pope had to intervene and say we have to tweak the Julian calendar one more time," Kaku said. "So for example, in the year 1600, that is divisible by 400, there was a leap year. But in 1700, 1800, 1900 -- nope, no leap year. And then the year 2000 there was again a leap year."


Unlike Trump, however, Rubio and Cruz are far less electable.

Obituary: Longtime actor George Kennedy, 91, has died:

Kennedy won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968 for "Cool Hand Luke." He also starred in all 3 of the 'Naked Gun' flicks, "Airport 1975," "Earthquake" and many many more.
His last role was in "The Gambler" with Mark Wahlberg in 2014.

It's pot meet kettle, Ben.

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