This is it, Scribes. A gift day, an extra day. You won’t get another one until 2016. Why do you have it? Well because it takes this gorgeous “blue marble” we call home 365 days and 6 hours to travel around the Sun. Good ole’ Sol. Now, we’re traveling at 67,000 miles per hour but the Earth has to go close to 94 million miles to complete the loop. No mean feat. But it doesn’t make for a neat year.
Our planet is incredibly precise. Our calendars on the other hand, with all the jiggery-pokery and hullaballoo that have gone on with them over the centuries aren’t. So when one very precise plant crashes into one rather jerry-rigged way of marking off a year, something’s got to give.
Remember those 6 hours I mention before in our solar orbit? Well today is how we balance the world, and wibbly-wobbly-timey-whimey. At the end of four years, we collect those four 6 hour time packets, and turn it into a whole day. Leap day. Today.
So, what are you going to do with today? Me? I’m going to write down an idea I’ve had bouncing around in my noggin about Leap Day and some What-ifs I’ve had every time I looked at the calendar.