Leap Year explained in more ways than one

What is Leap Year? What jerk randomly decided to screw us over and add an extra day of work to the calender? Apparently there’s a highly scientific answer that can only be explained with calming music and a soothing voice.

Titled, smartly enough, “What is a Leap Year?,” the four-minute video calmly explains what the deal is with Leap Year. It has something to do with keeping the calender in-sync with the seasons and adding extra day in every four years. Sort of. There are exceptions that the video does a better job explaining.

Nearly 200,000 people watched and learned that Leap Year is not a diabolical plot by the IRS to tax us an extra day in February. The video, released Tuesday, is from the C. G. P. Grey YouTube channel, which has made other popular educational videos like “The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England Explained.”

So, don’t embarrass yourself on YouTube by asking what Leap Year is and educate yourself.

Jordan Valinsky

Jordan Valinsky

A former editorial operations specialist and staff writer for the Daily Dot, Jordan Valinsky is a tech reporter and web culture commentator. His work has been published by the Week, Digiday, CNNMoney, Popular Mechanics, Vice, Mic, and Betabeat.