It's about time that I start regularly blogging. This is something I've wanted to do for years and I've decided that 2019 will be the year I promise myself to pump out one post per day. Now, whether I get them all out on time is another story, but we’ll see!
What better way to kick this of than to share with you two Wikipedia links I'm reading about how modern day calendars were created. I blame this journey down the rabbit’s hole on a tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson:
What an interesting realization that many of the dates that we have today are totally off because they were on different calendars. For instance, Columbus day - the day when Europeans first infected the Caribbean- is celebrated on 12 October, but that was on the OLD calendar! On today’s calendar it technically would fall on 21 October!
So, for some quick background and a preview of the rabbits hole I found myself in:
Julian Calendars were founded by Julius Caesar on new year’s day, 45 BC . The deal was that the Romans didn’t have great time keeping and thanks to their messy politics, some of their basic functions were failing, including arbitrary time keeping that was not always based on the sun or moon cycles.
Gregorian Calendars were instituted 1,627 years later by Pope Gregory 13th on 4 October 1582. Fascinating thing happened as a result, the next day was reset to be October 15th!
Even crazier, North America did not recognize the new calendar until September 2nd 1752, the Russians in 1918 and the (modern?) Greeks until 1923
Now, imagine all the possibilities of impossible potential comic easter eggs of superheroes, born on Greece with birthdays 96 years ago, driving around a in a 1962 Ford Mustang.
Ok, back to bed.