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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Make it Count!

The Fabulous B@ker Blog has hit a milestone as we celebrate our SECOND Leap Year. In case you missed it, here is the post from February 29, 2008. Make your extra day a good one - make it count! We're making it count by paying for Cam's last quarter (bill due today). So, let me get this straight: if there was no February 29, which is the bill's due date, does that mean we wouldn't have to pay the bill? Wishful thinking...

Speaking of wacky dates, the other day on NPR I heard a piece about George Washington's birthday, and how he was born on February 11, 1731 but due to a change from the Julian calendar ("Old Style") to the Gregorian calendar ("New Style") in 1752 his birthday became February 22, 1732, which he opted to observe. However the nation continues to celebrate his special day on February 11, even though that's the "Old Style" date. Some other fascinating tidbits about the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar (source: Wikipedia):
  • The new year used to start on March 25
  • For a period of 170 years (1582–1752), both dating systems were in concurrent use in different parts of Western Europe and its colonies. The Julian calendar had drifted by 11 days from the solar calendar (due to its excess of leap years), so dates differ between the systems.
Here's a chart of the correction that occurred due to the calendar change from Julian to Gregorian:
Time period (from
1 March of first year to
28 February of last year)
–°orrection, days
1–100−2
100–200−1
200–3000
300–500+1
500–600+2
600–700+3
700–900+4
900–1000+5
1000–1100+6
1100–1300+7
1300–1400+8
1400–1500+9
1500–1700+10
1700–1800+11
1800–1900+12
1900–2100+13
2100–2200+14
It's just confusing enough, isn't it? Why do people have to screw with the calendar? Or time for that matter? 

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