Take a Flying Leap (Day)!


Because our annual trip around the Sun takes 6 hours longer than the 365 days we normally think as a length of a year, we need to make periodic adjustments to keep the calendar straight. Today is that day.

We get a February 29th almost every 4 years. If a year is divisible by 100, no Leap Day, unless it is divisible by 400. With the exception of this rule, we in the United States elect our president in a Leap Year. That is probably so we have an extra day to figure who to vote for.

Adding Leap Day every four years will keep the calendar and the seasons straight for another 8000 years. By then, we will need to add another day. I don’t think I’m going to worry too much about that.


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