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What Is A Leap Year?

Hits: 7552 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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PhotoKing
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 523 Posts
Saturday, March 03, 2012 7:38:55 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.

Neoptolemos
Male, 30-39, Europe
 569 Posts
Thursday, March 01, 2012 10:51:19 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.

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2451 Posts
Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:59:03 AM
Anyone over the age of 9 should already know what causes leap year.

Samsquanch
Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:55:09 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.

MorfeuS
Male, 18-29, Europe
 266 Posts
Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:06:25 AM
Heh,this video is made especially,for americans,isn't it?!

Angelmassb
Male, 18-29, S. America
 15498 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:42:02 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.

AtheistAlien
Male, 30-39, Western US
 809 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:20:59 PM
Seriously? drating morons.

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24630 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:10:34 AM
Well that was something i learned in school.

OpsAss13
Male, 30-39, Western US
 510 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:41:49 AM
Lillian, you and my son share a birthday. Not like you care. But Happy Birthday (tomorrow) anyway.

Stardust6702
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 159 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:13:29 AM
This is retarded. Who needed a four minute video of describing how February has an extra day every 4 years?

Shufdog
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 121 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:49:47 AM
That video that Rick s posted is why laptops get shot in the back yard!

LillianDulci
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2696 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:21:49 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 :|

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:08:53 AM
And yes, happy birthday tomozzle LillianDulci. :)

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:08:18 AM
Hang on. Did people actually not know that!?

ALso, anyone spot the Warcraft Abomination?

Rick_S
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 3192 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:48:02 AM
This is why we need this video!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (tomorrow) to LillianDulci!

LillianDulci
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2696 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:46:51 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:

Rick_S
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 3192 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:40:13 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!

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:35:59 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"

CaptKangaroo
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2075 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:16:36 AM
I'm thinking that only those from the 'no child left behind' gen, need to have this explained to them.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:10:06 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.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12337 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:01:16 AM
Oookay, that's good.

fancylad
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2523 Posts
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:40:04 AM
Link: What Is A Leap Year? [Rate Link] - Why do some years have an extra leap day and what is it for?


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