Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Year Day!

Just 'cause it only comes around every four years, except on century years not evenly divisible by 400, I'd like to officially wish you all a Happy Leap Year Day!!!

Also, I was only 6 days away from being born on Feb. 29.

Why does February get the short end of the stick when it comes to days? Well, back in the day, July (Julius) and August (Augustus) only had 30 days, but then each of the aforementioned Roman Emperors attributed to said months had big ego's so they stole days from February to add to their month.

So what of February? From Wikipedia:
February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar. January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. They were added by Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second month.
Now you know.

1 comment:

Holy said...

funny you should blog about this - I was kind of wondering today why Feb is a short month.

And now I know.