February 29, 2012

What is a Leap Year?

via Stellar Interesting

comments

  1. Joel Bernstein on February 29th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    There’s a similar phenomenon that happens when the length of a day diverges from exactly 86400 seconds. They actually add leap seconds. Time is weird.

  2. Michael Smith on February 29th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    You know who doesn’t understand leap seconds? Kids. They just wake up a second earlier.

  3. Michael Smith on February 29th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’m pretty sure leap day is some sort of calculated conspiracy to get an extra day of work out of everyone once every four years. The extra day should always be added on Saturday night at midnight or something. Could you imagine if they pulled the same stunt for daylight savings time? If the extra hour was added in the middle of the workday? Of course, they’d take that hour back at midnight on Sunday still.

    Bastards.

  4. Andrew Simone on March 1st, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    A apropos