Friday, February 29, 2008

Fighting Back, Boo!, -and- Weapons of Choice

Fighting Back - fed-up family apprehends mailbox-vandal suspect
Boo! - police blame ghosts for damage to home
Weapons of Choice - guns best crime deterrent after all

On this day in history: February 29, 1692 - Sarah Good & Tituba, an Indian servant, was accused of witchcraft in Salem.

Born on this day in history: February 29, 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey (1904-1957) Born in Shenandoah, PA, musician and bandleader Jimmy Dorsey and brother Tommy formed their first band as teenagers. The Dorsey brothers played with all the big bands in the 1920s, debuting their own, The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, in 1934. Its sweet-toned instrumental style combined a big band sound with popular dance music, and quickly emerged as one of the most innovative bands of the Swing Era.

Scripture of the Day: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation ..." - Luke 2:29-30

Video of the Day:They have come up with a way to clean the inside of
your computer screen. Here is a link to have it cleaned for free. - submitted by Frank Clean Your Screen

This kitty is going to take a shower! Click to enlarge.

Why Leap Years Are Used

February 29, 2008

The year 2008 is a leap year. If you look at a 2008 calendar, you will see that February has five Fridays–the month begins and ends on a Friday. Between the years 1904 and 2096, leap years that share the same day of week for each date repeat only every 28 years. The most recent year in which February comprised five Fridays was in 1980, and the next occurrence will be in 2036. February 29, the leap day, has been associated with age-old traditions, superstitions and folklore.

What is a leap year?

A leap year is a year in which one extra day has been inserted, or intercalated, at the end of February. A leap year consists of 366 days, whereas other years, called common years, have 365 days.

Which years are leap years?

In the Gregorian calendar, the calendar used by most modern countries, the following three criteria determine which years will be leap years:

Every year that is divisible by four is a leap year; of those years, if it can be divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless the year is divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

Why are leap years needed?

Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun.