### Will there be a FEB, 30, 2000, a WEDNESDAY? or MAR 1

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Yes, that's my question. I'm under the impression that if 4 can be divided into the century evenly, that they add an extra day to the leap year in Febuary. That makes March 1 2000 -- Febuary 30 2000. I've checked out several book stores, and the year 2000 calanders all have Febuary with only 29 days. I'm interested in this one. What will our government do with this one. Is that Wednesday Febuary 30 2000 or is it March 1.

-- thinkIcan (thinkIcan@make.it), February 02, 1999

### Answers

For the n th time:::

First rule: If the year is divisible by 4, and not a century, it is a leapyear.

Second rule:: Century years are NOT LEAPYEARS

Third Rule:: Exception to Rule # 2 is if the century happens to be divisible by 400 it IS a leapyear.

The Feb 30 falacy has been out there for troll bait for a while. A little loght research (call your local reference librarian) will prove the above, as well as show that the last year of teh century is 2000 not 1999.

Chuck

-- Chuck, night driver (rienzoo@en.com), February 02, 1999.

Didn't mean to troll. It's still not real clear to me, but I'm off to the library tomorrow to get some more answers.

-- thinkIcan (thinkIcan@make.it), February 02, 1999.

By great good fortune, this time around February 30th and March 1st, 2000, just happen to fall *on the same day*. If we hadn't been lucky this time, that week would have had TWO Wednesdays, with disastrous consequences for both programs and morale.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), February 02, 1999.

Thank you for having the sense to ask the question....we understand the hassle of "double-adding" split infinitives and double-negativing answers.

While you're there at the library, ask if they are Y2K compliant, and when did they test their check-in/check-out program. Is it 2000 Feb 29 proof?

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), February 02, 1999.

Flint----- Wouldn't have be able to survive a week with two Wednesdays in it. That would have been two "hump days" and I would have never been able to get over that.

-- thinkIcan (thinkican@make.it), February 02, 1999.

In the Gregorian calendar there is never a February 30.

Here's a link to the 1751 British government act which changed the calendar used in Great Britain and all of its colonies: http://www. urbanlegends.com/legal/calendar_act.html

It not only specifies all the leap year rules (including that all leap years have 366 days, so that they have a February 29, but not a February 30) but specifically notes that "2000, 2400, 2800, and every other fourth hundred Year" are to be leap years.

-- No Spam Please (anon@ymous.com), February 04, 1999.

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