By Jacquie Kramer
Sweetwater County Library System 

What's the deal with Leap Year?


Every four years we find ourselves with an extra day at the end of February – a “Leap Day,” and 2016 is a leap year.

The Leap Year has an interesting origination. I’m sure we were all told about the reason behind leap years in elementary school. I had to read up a little bit to refresh my memory on the phenomenon. Here’s the deal, for those of you in my shoes.

Before Julius Caesar came into power, around 60 B.C., there was a 355-day calendar with the addition of an extra 22-day month every two years. Caesar was not a fan of this calendar, so his astronomer devised a new system....

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