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Date: 02/29/12 07:38 AM

22 Responses to What Is A Leap Year?

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    February 29, 2012 at 7:40 am
    Link: What Is A Leap Year? - Why do some years have an extra leap day and what is it for?
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    February 29, 2012 at 8:01 am
    Oookay, that`s good.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    February 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Really? There were people older than 7 who did not know this?
    It`s gonna be a dull day at IAB if this got approved.
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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    February 29, 2012 at 8:16 am
    I`m thinking that only those from the `no child left behind` gen, need to have this explained to them.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 8:35 am
    I like this guy`s vids despite the fact that I already knew all this. There is something satisfying about having something explained to you that you already know.

    "I hope he mentions the rule about skipping leap years every century...

    ...yep, there it is"
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3275 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 8:40 am
    We all know the rules, but how many of us knew the rule about skipping every 100 years, or not skipping every 400 years before 2000? Also, I bet most people know the rules, but might not fully understand why the rules are there.

    Besides, he left out leap-seconds, which happen whenever the powers that be decide they should because of the random fluctuation of the length of a day.

    And don`t get me started on a sidereal day vs. a solar day!
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    February 29, 2012 at 8:46 am
    I know most of it, except the skipping most centuries part.

    Also I`d turn 21 today if not for it being a leap year D:
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3275 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 8:48 am
    This is why we need this video!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (tomorrow) to LillianDulci!
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 9:08 am
    Hang on. Did people actually not know that!?

    ALso, anyone spot the Warcraft Abomination?
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    February 29, 2012 at 9:08 am
    And yes, happy birthday tomozzle LillianDulci. :)
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    February 29, 2012 at 9:21 am
    Thank you xD

    I saw that video of the girl that Rick_S posted and thought about submitting it here. She`s... not so bright :|
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    Shufdog Male 30-39
    137 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 9:49 am
    That video that Rick s posted is why laptops get shot in the back yard!
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    Stardust6702 Male 18-29
    165 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 10:13 am
    This is retarded. Who needed a four minute video of describing how February has an extra day every 4 years?
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    OpsAss13 Male 30-39
    514 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am
    Lillian, you and my son share a birthday. Not like you care. But Happy Birthday (tomorrow) anyway.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Well that was something i learned in school.
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    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
    809 posts
    February 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    Seriously? drating morons.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    February 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    That is why we need a 13 Month - 28 days calendar, the Gregorian calendar is just one big FAIL. Not all the world have the seasons either.
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    MorfeuS Male 18-29
    289 posts
    March 1, 2012 at 2:06 am
    Heh,this video is made especially,for americans,isn`t it?!
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    March 1, 2012 at 3:55 am
    Yes...that was pretty basic.
    But, it`s also a good damned explanation for the Mayan long count calendar, and why it ends when it does. "Meh, we`ll get around to it when it`s closer to the day," is human argument.
    Chances are, the Mayans probably would have got around to it about 20 or 30 years ago calculating the next long count calendar...but, those rascally Spaniards put a chink in their plans.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    March 1, 2012 at 3:59 am
    Anyone over the age of 9 should already know what causes leap year.
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
    625 posts
    March 1, 2012 at 10:51 am
    @Samsquanch: close but no cigar. The Mayan civilization was already in decline when the Spaniards arrived. The Mayan collapse already happened around 900 AD.
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    PhotoKing Male 30-39
    526 posts
    March 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    and when we have an earthquake and it changes the axis of the earth which probably affects the rotation as well - its still off.

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