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Frederic is the young protagonist, who is bound to a pirate group until he turns 21. The pirates, who do not want to lose Frederic, invent a clever lie. He was born on February 29, a leap day, and celebrates his birthday only once every four year. As such, he must stay with them until the age of 84. As I read the script, I muttered, "Oh, nefarious plottings," which intrigued me as to why the leap year/day existed.
The Gregorian Calendar was introduced in 1582 by a pope called Gregory XIII to correct the faults of the Julian calendar. It was a simple matter of the fact that the calendar year is shorter than the solar years, when the Earth revolves around the Sun. It is 365 days and five hours, fifty-nine minutes, sixteen seconds.Replica Rolex GMT-Master II To make up for it, Pope Gregory XIII once every four year added the 29th of February. This creates an overage, so every 100 years the leap day, which is divisible by 4, is not included. It is added back every 400 years. Are you still with me?
First page of Pope Gregory XIII's papal decree that brought the Gregorian Calendar into existence
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