2008 is a leap year, so I googled it.
Leap year has this crazy history with Romans, Popes, Julius Caesar, St. Patrick, St. Bridget, Sadie Hawkins, and the "Lil' Abner" comic strip. But the theory behind the whole thing is this: the calendar was a little off as the months started to drift from the actual seasons, so they added this extra day every 4 years to keep on track.
Kinda like your watch being a minute off which will add up to 2,3,4 and pretty soon 20 minutes off and now you're maybe late for work or early for the dentist or something.
So you have to reset it.
That's what a leap year does - it resets the calendar.
According to time and date.com, here's the equation for figuring out what years are leap years:
- Every year divisible by 4 is a leap year.
- But every year divisible by 100 is NOT a leap year
- Unless the year is also divisible by 400, then it is still a leap year.
Or, you can just go to online conversions.com if you don't like division, which I don't so...
I went there and found out that 1908 was a leap year too.
The last year the Cubs won the World Series, one hundred years ago, was also a leap year.
Okay, not so rare - there have been 25 leap years since then.
But still, I think it's another good sign.
Plus there's this ancient poem you might remember about Leap Years:
So, that concludes today's lesson.
I would also like to wish everyone spending their morning in the virtual waiting room hoping for single game tickets good luck.
And by the way, that's Felix Pie making a leaping catch in center in the painting up there.
May his energy and spark somehow translate into an impressive on base percentage.