Archives for February 2012

Bonus Day!

So, it’s a leap year again.  We all get an extra day.  That can be good or bad depending on your perspective.  If you’re paid by salary, you’re working an extra day free of charge.  If you’re in prison serving a term in months or years, you’re staying locked up an extra day.  For the rest of us, it’s a bonus day.  I personally think we’re missing an opportunity for an awesome national holiday.  I mean, it’s almost like the day doesn’t exist, so why should you have to go to work, right? 😛

I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have a birthday on Leap Day.  When does the government officially recognize your birthday?  If you were born on Leap Day and turning 21, would a bar serve you drinks on Feb 28th or would you have to wait until March 1st?  The world needs these answers!

If we didn’t adjust the calendar every 4 years for leap year, I wonder how long it would take for the seasons to be in the opposite months.  It takes Earth approximately 365 days and 6 hours to go around the sun.  So the seasons would shift by one day every four years.  I’m guessing the Solstices would need to shift about 183 days for them to be in the opposite months.  With a one day shift every 4 years, I think that would mean (183 divided by 4) it would take about 46 years for the seasons to fully shift.  It would be pretty crazy to have winter in July, but I guess if I lived in the southern hemisphere that’s exactly what I’d have.

I’m pretty sure not having leap years would mess with the time of day and night in respect to clocks too.  Clocks and calendars would become useless.  Rain would fall up and rivers would run in reverse.  Society as we know it would cease to exist and thus would begin a new era of timeless enlightenment.  That or we’d all just be late to work.  :/