Jumping Over Leap Year
Many people have been vocal about Day Light Savings Time. I agree that we should set the clocks a half hour between and leave that be the time all year round. Another annoyance is Leap Year where every four years we add an extra day to the calendar in February, February 29.
The reason for Leap Year is that the mean time between two successive vernal equinoxes is called a tropical year, and it is about 365.2422 days long. Using a calendar with 365 days would result in an error of 0.2422 days or almost 6 hours per year. After 100 years, this calendar would be more than 24 days ahead of the seasons (tropical year).
My question is why bother? The benefit to eliminating the Leap Day is every 700 years the seasons would be totally flipped. Live in Australia and want a white Christmas? You could have one in a little over half a millennium.
If you live to be 80 years old, within your entire lifetime you will only notice a 20 day seasonal shift.
Have you ever known someone born on February 29? It may be fun, but it is confusing when being confronted with what your birthday is for the three years between leap years.
Such fun was featured in The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentured services and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, which would make him 84.
So what's the big deal? Another idea I proposed a long time ago on this blog is to have 13 months where each consisted of 28 days. That would give each year 364 days, and the dates would fall on the same days every month. Why do we need to complicate everything by having everything so jumbled up?