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Did you ever wonder why December has 31 days

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Julius Caesar (yes, the guy from the movie) decided to fix up the calendar, and give every other month 30 days, while the rest get 31 days. Of course, that gives you 366 days in a year, so February was picked to get hosed and it got only 29 days, but 30 on leap years. The calendar looked like this:

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10  11  12  month
31  29  31  30  31  30  31  30  31  30  31  30  number of days

Pretty simple, right? Well, Julius thought so too and for the good job he has done, he rewarded himself with an $80 million check. No, wait, that’s Orvitz. Julius rewarded himself by naming month #7 after himself: July.

A couple of Roman leaders later, Augustus decided that he too deserved to have a month named after him (kind of like presidential libraries), so he changed the name of month #8 to be August. But now August has only 30 days compared to July’s 31. Does that mean that Augustus is only 97% the leader that Julius was?

Yes. So Augustus made August have 31 days. Now you had 3 months in a row with 31 days and that is unseemly. So September lost one, October gained one, November lost one and December gained one. Now the calendar looked like this:

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10  11  12  month
31  29  31  30  31  30  31  31  30  31  30  31  number of days

But now you had 366 days in a non-leap year, so February got the short end of the stick _again_ and lost a day. So our calendar is messed up because of that “big stinking dufus, Augustus”.

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Written by Ankur

June 17, 2006 at 12:02 am

Posted in Life, Special, Stuff

3 Responses

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  1. hey commenting on the last post coz u deavtivated it.. i think bansal classes entrance is over n dont know how u’ll get into that anyway best of luck!

    Ankan

    June 17, 2006 at 9:48 am

  2. well i had given the entrance and m selected
    to tell u my reg no. is 607278

    Ankur

    June 17, 2006 at 12:13 pm

  3. Ankur plans all 😉

    Who cares about calendars… not me, I for one hate time zones, damn confusing…

    Qwerty Maniac

    June 20, 2006 at 12:14 am


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