Online Videos Explain: What Is A Leap Year?

Today is February 29, which, as you probably know, is a pretty special day—it’s Leap Day! But why do we add an extra day to the calendar every four years? Here are a few great online video explanations.

Today is February 29, which, as you probably know, is a pretty special day—it’s Leap Day!  February 29 only comes along once every four years, so hopefully you’re making the most of it!  But why do we add an extra day to the calendar every four years?  Here are a few great online video explanations.

You probably already know that the purpose of the Leap Year is to keep the calendar even.  365 days is ever so slightly shorter than a full astrological year, so every fourth year we add a day to even things out.  But it’s a bit more complicated than that.  C.G.P. Grey explains in ‘What is a Leap Year?’

If you aren’t too keen on “the fiery and unavoidable end of all human civilization,” Epipheo has put together a lighter take on ‘What is a Leap Year?’

Still curious to learn more about Leap Day?  Australian YouTuber MeetZoe shares an interesting factoid—did you know that Leap Day is the one day of the year that women are allowed to ask men to marry them?!

And finally—hey! Here’s an explanation about Leap Years from…a cucumber?

How will you be spending your February 29?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.