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Official dry cleaner of Leap Year

leap-year-frogHappy Leap Year!  The Green Van Dry Cleaning & Laundry is the self-proclaimed “Official Dry Cleaner of Leap Year”.   This means that every February 29th, and every day until the next February 29th, we will offer dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service for Overland Park, Leawood, and Olathe.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Your year is about to get one day longer. Monday, Feb. 29 is leap day, the day inserted into the calendar every four years to keep our calendar operating smoothly. This extra day makes the year 366 days long, instead of 365 days like regular years.

Curious about why we have one extra day stuck to the end of February every four years? Here are 10 fun facts about leap years and leap days. This information was found on, Mother Nature Network and the Old Farmer’sAlmanac. Click the links to learn more.

Why add a leap day?: Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.

It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

Do you know any leap year babies, or are you one? Discuss in the comments.

Hail Caesar: Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C., but his Julian calendar had only one rule: Any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. That created too many leap years, but the math wasn’t tweaked until Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar more than 1,500 years later. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. The added rule about centuries (versus just every four years) was an additional fix to make up for the fact that an extra day every four years is too much of a correction, according to ScienceWorld.

Leap months in other countries: A whole leap month is added to the Chinese calendar every three years. The leap month’s place in the Chinese calendar varies from year to year, and 2015 was a leap year in the Chinese calendar.

A leap year in the Ethiopian calendar occurs when an extra day is added to the last month of the year every four years.  Read more

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