I am such a bum. I am what you’d call “under the weather” and I’ve been trying to be tough (a losing battle) and keep up my productivity at the office. It hasn’t worked. I have peaced-out around 2:00 the last two days at work and I’m home today — not going back until Tuesday… do the math. I am home today cleaning and getting ready for my parents to come this weekend!
I had my first test in FR&A yesterday- and I’m feeling pretty exhausted and uninspired today… how about I give you the trivia answers – and then I’m going back to bed for a bit. I’m sure there’s some THS or Judge Judy or Food Network calling my name…
1. The day after October 4, 1582 was October 15, 1582. The earth travels around the sun every 365.242199 days, or what we call a “solar year.” The ancient Romans devised the Julian calendar that lasted 365.25 days, but the solar year is eleven minutes and fourteen seconds shorter.
By 1582, the Julian calendar was ten days behind the solar calendar. Most western nations began using the Gregorian calendar, named for Pope Gregory XIII. The Gregorian Calendar synchronized the calendar year with the solar year by skipping the next ten days. The day after Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. England and its American colonies did not follow the teachings of the pope, so it did not adjust to the Gregorian calendar until 1752. By this time, the Gregorian calendar was twelve days ahead of the Julian calendar.
Most of our calendar years last 365 days, but every four years we add one day to February. February usually has only 28 days, but the month lasts a day longer in what we call “leap years.” Years divisible by four are usually leap years. The last four leap years were 2004, 2000, 1996, and 1992. Our next leap year will be 2008. We have to make another adjustment to the calendar because leap years would make the calendar year last 365.25 days, and the solar year is .007801 shorter, so we have to make further changes. Centennial years are years that end in 00. Centennial years are not leap years unless they are divisible by 400. This means that 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 2000 was. The next time someone says that there are 365 days in a year; you’ll have a lot of corrections to offer!
2. Robert E. Lee is the only person to date to have graduated from West Point Military Academy without a single demerit. (Though Laura gets style points for her answer.)
3. The ghosts in Pac-Man are named Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde.
4. The letter “J” does not yet appear anywhere within the periodic table of the elements.
5. Starting with the number one, you would have to count to one thousand to use the letter “A”. Leah is right about “101” — the correct way to read this number is “one hundred one”. Similarly, dates like “2007” are correctly read “two thousand seven”. The “and” is unnecessary.
6. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
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