So. Why is February So Short Anyways?

Happy Leap Day, Neatoramanauts!

Have you ever wondered why February 29 is a leap day? According to this neat BBC article about Leap Day, you can blame the Roman Emperor Augustus:

Why is February 29, not February 31, a leap year day? All the other months have 30 or 31 days, but February suffered from the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, says Stewart. Under Julius Caesar, February had 30 days, but when Caesar Augustus was emperor he was peeved that his month - August - had only 29 days, whereas the month named after his predecessor Julius - July - had 31. "He pinched a couple of days for August to make it the same as July. And it was poor old February that lost out," says Prof Stewart.


Previously on Neatorama: What is a Leap Year?

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