It’s my birthday! (and it’s significant)

My mother sure wanted to make a statement with her only son.

Yes indeed, yours truly was born on Leap Day. Having a birthday every four years ensures not only that I stay forever young, but also the Gregorian calendar we use stays on track. So what’s up with the extra day this year?

We are led to believe that it takes exactly 365 days (1 year) for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. The reality is that one full Earth revolution around the Sun is approximately 365.24 days. Quick math says we tack on day 366 every four years.

What if we ignored February 29th? For starters, Leap Day babies like me would have been born on March 1st. Also, the Gregorian calendar would be off by 24 days every 100 years. Nearly a month!


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