Leap of Kilts

This post started out as a wholesome description of leap year and somewhere along the way turned into the men with kilts post - what a leap! hahaha

Why do we need leap year?

The Gregorian calendar, which now serves as the standard calendar for civil use throughout the world, has both common years and leap years. A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra, or intercalary, day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days—by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.
In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.


Egyptians were the first people to add a leap day every four years. However, the Romans were the first to choose February 29th as the official date.

According to English law, February 29th was ignored and had no legal status. So a crime on the day is no crime at all.

 
Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage.


There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year.






A law once existed in Scotland forbidding a man to refuse a proposal made to him on February 29th. - Show me what's under that skirt Mr. Bond.

6 comments:

  1. I don't care if we need leap year or not...bring on the MEN in quilts!!!

    Love it!

    Fondly, Sky

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  2. Love the pictures. My Dom said he gets to leap on me today in celebration, joy!

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  3. Lol. "Show me what's under the skirt, Mr. Bond" ROFLMAO!!!!

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  4. Love the kilts and what's in them...ha-ha!

    Love,
    Kitty

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  5. I did not know the part about a leap year being omitted on century years unless they could be divided by four. The kilts are nice too. Remind me of Axl Rose back in the day.

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  6. To add a little trivia to your leap post, the Gregorian calendar will fail with it's use of leap year to keep things in order in the year 8000, so it won't be a bother to any of us. But because of it the calendar that year will fail to recognize the correct time of the spring equinox.

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