Friday, 29 February 2008

Postponement

Et tu, Brute? Illegitime!

Important Notice:

The beginning of March has been postponed until tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience. Julius Caesar.


Yes, it's February 29th. If you woke up thinking it was March 1st, then you've got a free day. It also means that the Groundhog wasn't being entirely truthful this year - what he meant to say was "6 more weeks and 1 day of winter". Sorry folks.

It must have been great to be a Roman Emporer. Apart getting assassinated at an early age, the lack of decent medicine, no Internet, etc. But they were seriously powerful. Caesar decided that every fourth February we'd have a leap year, and here we are over 2000 years later following his instructions.

Well, almost. There has been a small change since then, but that's only relevant if you think you'll be alive in 2100. Let me rephrase that. If you're still alive and alert enough to notice in 2100.

When he started his new calendar, he had to add an extra 67 days to the year 46BC. That must have really pissed people off who had annual contracts. Luckily, Christmas hadn't been invented yet. It also must have caused havoc with birthdays. But, he was Caesar, the boss, and if he wanted an extra 67 days, then so be it. As I said, it must have been great to have that power.

The Romans must have had lots of issues with birthdays, though. Maybe they just didn't bother. The system that Julius Caesar scrapped was a year of 355 days, so they had to add an extra leap month about once every 3 years.

Interestingly, Caesar's leap day didn't have a date like February 29th. It was legally the same as the previous day. As if we did February 28th over again. This would have been bad news for Poirot. "Where were you on the night of the 28th?". Which one???

However, I think that it would be good to revive this idea. It would make it easier for people born on a leap day. Not being an emperor yet, I'm proposing a more democratic version. Under my system people will be allowed to choose whether to have the leap day as February 28th or March 1st.

Optimists will plump for March 1st on the grounds that it will be better than the day they've just lived through. Pessimists will choose to repeat the 28th because they believe that March 1st will be worse. Since it's a Friday, I'd go for March 1st. Then I wouldn't have to go into work. To work an extra day that I'm not being paid for.

Oh, well, something else to put on my list for when I'm dictator. I will insist on one thing, though. It will be compulsory to write a blog post on a leap day...

24 comments:

Bee said...

FIRST!!!!

Bee said...

Typical politician! You only make the laws to benefit yourself but don't want to give a poor over worked girl the day off! ;op

Dan said...

Can I join your dictatorship ?

Dan said...

I can help you rule, then eventually I'll have to kill you since I want all the power.

Jean Knee said...

I think everyone should get to choose which day to do over again

let's voe on it

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

Benefitting yourself is the only reason to want to be in charge.

Dan:

Yes, certainly. You can be the dictator and I'll be the power behind the throne. So you'll have to make the laws I want (like making Bee blog every day), but the rest is entirely up to you. Of course, you're the one who runs the risk of being killed then. I can see it now "Dan, The People's Ruler".

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

Do you mean any day of the year? Then we'd all have our own personal dates. This could get a bit chaotic.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I voe for whenever your birthday is. Then we'd all have 48 hours to embarrass you...

Jean Knee said...

it would be a freakin disaster, but won't it be fun??

think of the new jobs it will create to keep up with everyone's personal date.

Better than that fake Y2K nonsense

Jean Knee said...

hurry, you can be first on my latest boring post..thanks prozac now I am utterly wittless

bee said...

11th!!!!

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

Yes, Y2K was a massive con.

Jean Knee said...

how surprising

Jean Knee said...

did she send you an email saying she'd be busy all day?

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee's email was a massive con as well.

Jean Knee said...

duped

Brian o Vretanos said...

It's always the nice people who get duped.

Tracy said...

I would like to have some sort of important office under your leadership. One that requires me to do very little work for a disgusting amount of payment. I'll leave it to you to decide what that position would be. You know, since dictator seems to already be taken.

You know, my grandfather was born on leap day and he always used to joke that he was still in with "the hip young kids" since he was technically only 18.

Brian o Vretanos said...

Tracy:

Have no fear. There will be an important position for you.

Jean Knee said...

ooh, ooh, I wanna be the official bon bon taster

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

The official appointments will be announced in due course. Bon Bon tasting could be part of your duties, I suppose...

Bee said...

When will these cabinet assignments take place?
I want to be first in line so I'm not stuck with official food taster checker for poison.

What "nice people" do you speak of?

Jean Knee said...

that's what I was thinking

Brian o Vretanos said...

Bee:

As a relative of "El Presidente" you won't go hungry...

I was thinking of those of us who are easily duped. Becuase we're just too nice.