The world allows to play catch-up in order to keep our calendar in line with solar system and seasonal changes.
Since a child, I have always wondered why the mysterious earth needs an extra day, every fourth year. Simple phenomena? A year is approximately 365 days and six hours long. Almost every four years, we need an extra day–this is also why only one century year out of every four is a leap year! Just before 1600, corrections were made to keep things straight! In order to know if any year is a leap year, divide the year in question by 4. 2012/4 = 503 exactly. It came out a whole number (no remainder or fraction.) The exception is when years ending in 00–century 1700, 1800, 1900 were not leap years and 2100, 2200, 2300 will not be. For a century beginning year to be a leap year, it must be divisible by 400. 1600 and 2000 were Leap Years. The next century leap year will be 2400.
Today is like the Olympics, it happens every four years. And nobody notices until it’s over. This leap year may mean my kids will make leaps and bounds in positive direction. Lofty dream, huh.
For the extra day, lets see how much I will get caught-up today.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)