29 Feb '16, 3pm

5 things to know about February 29 Leap Years because you’re into obscure facts https://t.co/oif24RsFJR

Because the world revolves around presidential elections in the United States which are held once every leap year? Don’t be ridiculous. It is because the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days, but a complete orbit of the Earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete. A leap year is where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, so that the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar is corrected and things are kept in sync. But it turns out to be not an entirely foolproof method of keeping time because… 1. A leap year isn’t every four years Ha. Bet you didn’t know this. The year 2000 was a leap year. So was 2004. And 1996. So on and so forth. But the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. Here’s the rule-of-thumb: There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible...

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