The New Years Lie

Today, I discovered something that rocked my world. We’ve been lied to, people, and I’m here to reveal the ugly truth.

One day is NOT 24 hours long! There can be a 4 minute difference (plus or minus) every day, depending on the orbit of the Earth.

Ever feel like you don’t have enough time in the day to get things done? It was probably a day that was just 23 hours and 56 minutes long! And all along you thought you were just disorganized…

The differing length of each day has caused problems for years. Back in 46 BC, Julius Caesar asked an astronomer to design a calendar. The “Julian Calendar” worked pretty well, but it was off by about 11 minutes per year. By 1572, the calendar was off by 10 days. Oops! Pope Gregory III asked another astronomer to fix the problem, and we ended up with the “Gregorian Calendar,” which is what we use today.

The Gregorian Calendar still needs tweaking every once in a while, which is why we have Leap Years.

I’ve discovered that no matter how often I slow down my kitchen clock in a desperate attempt to buy more time, the days fly by with heartless disregard for my personal taste.

Which brings me to today. Did you know that it’s New Year’s Eve? Wasn’t it Christmas yesterday?

Here’s wishing that all your good days are the ones that are 24 hours 4 minutes long, and all your bad days are only 23 hours 56 minutes long.

For love or funny, Happy New Year!

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