February 28th, 2012 by
Clocks

Credit: psyberartist/Flickr

Time is a fickle mistress. It’s supposed to be the one constant in life, right? It just ticks on second after second … except twice a year when we lose or gain an hour … and every four years when we all of sudden get an extra 24 hours in the form of Leap Day.

Of course, there’s an easy scientific explanation behind the appearance of February 29th on calendars every four years: It takes Earth 365 and a quarter days to make its way around the sun. To help our poor brains, instead of celebrating that quarter day each year, we celebrate a full day every four years. Hence, Leap Day. Easy peasy.

In honor of our extra 24 hours tomorrow, I thought it might be interesting to see what all will happen in that 24 hours:

On Leap Day, you can make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution to American Forests in support of our work protecting and restoring our forests, which clean our air and water and provide safe habitat for millions of animals. What better way to give back on your bonus day this year?