E25 The Science, Rules, and Traditions of Leap Years

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🎙️ It's February of 2024, which means this month will have an extra day. Have you ever wondered why we add an extra day to February every four years? Or perhaps you're curious about the ancient origins of leap years and how they've evolved over time. Well, get ready as we unravel the mysteries behind leap years and discover the interesting traditions linked to this unique occurrence.

☀️ Today, we're delving into the intriguing topic of leap years. We'll explore the history of leap years, from their ancient Egyptian origins to the precise formula used in the modern Gregorian calendar. You'll learn why we need leap years to keep our calendars in sync with the Earth's orbit around the sun, and discover some surprising facts about leap day, like the special traditions and superstitions surrounding it.

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