I’m kinda busy and also a little burned out on politics, so blogging has been light this week, barring someone doing something incredibly stupid that just gets my goat. But I did find this cool explanation of why we have a leap year.
What amazes me about this is not that mathematicians figured out precisely what we need to do to prevent us from celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer — hey, count me among those who think mathematicians and scientists rawk — but that the whole world is on the same page. I mean, we’re all on the same calendar, right? Even those countries which use something like the Islamic calendar use the Julian/Gregorian Calendar for purposes of international commerce and whatnot; if you travel to Riyadh on March 1 the date is the same, right? How did we get everyone to agree on this?
In a different time I might not have asked that question but with America’s idiocracy going full oooga-booga over the U.S. census, climate change, birth control and other expressions of reason and logic, I can totally see our Teanuts claim leap year to be some tyrannical United Nations conspiracy to make us all French.
Without further ado: