A Nerd Explains Leap Day

Turns out it's not wizard related... sigh...

February 28, 2016

I always just assumed we need Leap Year Day to offset the dastardly behavior of some wizard we can't control. His sorcery, an evil plan to speed up the Earth's rotation hoping to slowly over time crush us all to death under the increasing force of gravity. SINISTER PLAN, WIZARD.

It turns out there's a perfectly good, non-wizard related reason we add an extra catch-up day once every four years. Here, let this nerd tell you:

Video of The Leap Year as Explained by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Well... that seems like a waste of his time. Is this one of those things where we thought we had it pretty close then technology came along and found out our guesses we off? No. According to the thing Google put on the screen when I google'd, it's thought that Leap Year Day goes back to the time of the Egyptians - well, the ancient Egyptians - Egypt is still a thing. The Romans were likely the first ones to add it to the calendar proper.

I think we should be suspicious of anyone whose birthday is 2/28 (BRIAN). Also, anyone who works for hourly wages, today is an extra day to get paid in 2016! Leap year rules for you!