Whence February 30?

Just this morning I was wondering why February has only 28 days.  I mean, why not add two more and borrow a couple from the months that have 31 days?  Every four years you could have a February 31 and not mess people up too much, since we’re all used to the 31-day month thing.

Well, wouldn’t you know but an article from Slate provides the answer.  And boy, is it more complicated than I ever cared to know!  Read the long, convoluted answer here.  I always wondered if it was because February is such a gloomy, depressing month (at least for folks in the Northern hemisphere) that there’s a measureable psychological boost in ending it sooner.

So there’s a lesson for you: never ask “why” in matters of historical precedent.  Just go with the flow.

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