2016 is Leap Year and today, 29 February, is Leap Day! Popular belief is that a Leap Year occurs every four years, but it seems to be slightly more complicated than that!
“There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. A year that is divisible by 100, but not by 400, is not technically a leap year. Therefore 2000 was a leap year under the Gregorian calendar, as was 1600. But 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. “There’s a good reason behind it,” Ian Stewart, emeritus professor of mathematics, told the BBC. “The year is 365 days and a quarter long – but not exactly. If it was exactly, then you could say it was every four years.” Pope Gregory and his astronomers’ solution will have to be rethought in around 10,000 years, Prof Stewart points out.” Visit telegraph.co.uk to read more.
Too much mathematics for a Monday? Rather open a bottle of Leopard’s Leap! The Leap in Leopard’s Leap refers to energy and innovation and perhaps today that is all the motivation you need!
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