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What is a Leap Year?

Note: This video answers the question I raised here, through “Actually, the moment of Earth’s revolution (the spin around the Sun) lasts 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes and 9 seconds. The reason why terrans gave the calendaristic year a round number is of practical nature. Still, from the same practical reasons, because of those six additional hours, the day of 29 february is added. I don’t know where the 9 minutes and 9 seconds go….: every 100 years, the first year of the new century (ex: 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100), despite being a leap year, doesn’t receive an additional day in February (the 29th day).

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The Ion Luca Paradox: the mystery of Caragiale’s birth date

I love you as the sclave loves…. light and the blind…. liberty!” – Rică Venturiano, a very confused citizen (character from a famous play of I.L.Caragiale, “O Scrisoare Pierdută” [“A Lost Letter”])

Yesterday, 30 January 2012, Google celebrated 160 years from the birth of Ion Luca Caragiale, a famous romanian playwright best known for his satirical humor. 

The problem is that Wikipedia, champion of knowledge, had let us totally perplex by providind 4 different dates of birth for Ion Luca Caragiale, two by old style (the Julian Calendar), and other two by new style (the Gregorian Calendar). At that interval of time (1800 – 1900), there was a difference of 12 correction days between the two calendars. 

So, the four dates of birth are 18 January (O.S.), 30 January (N.S.), 1 February (O.S.), 13 February (N.S.). But which is correct? Searching deeper into the problem, I found that: 

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