Fibbing Friday 2nd October

It’s Frank’s turn to host Fibbing Friday this week. Have fun and don’t forget to pingback to his original post.

  1. Why is October the tenth month rather than the eighth as its name implies? I don’t know, but I have always wondered this. Even September doesn’t work. October 10th is my sister’s birthday though.
  2. Why is Halloween on October 31st? Because with all the candy you eat there would be no way to get through October if you were on a sugar-high. It is one of those long months that doesn’t have many holidays to break it up.
  3. What exactly is Pumpkin Spice? It is the fall flavor for Dunkin.
  4. How did the tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns start? It started because someone’s front light went out, so they figured they would get any trick-or-treaters so the grabbed the pumpkin off the steps, carved out a space big enough to hold a candle to light up their house. It worked then people thought it would be nice to have an autumn look to it.
  5. Why are they called Jack-o’lanterns? Because Jack owned the lantern shop.
  6. Why is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April when National Poetry Day is October 3rd? Because one lasts a month and one is only a one-day thing.
  7. What is the big deal about Columbus Day? It is a day that most stores have some really good deals.
  8. Why do kids trick-or-treat on Halloween? Because if they did it any other day that would be looked at funny and the parents would be to blame for their kids behavior.
  9. According to at least one internet source, October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. Why? Because it is the only day that someone can stomach eating more than one or two.
  10. What happens to all the candy corn that doesn’t get eaten? It is recycled as plastic bags and water bottles.

5 thoughts on “Fibbing Friday 2nd October

  1. At the time the months were named, the new year was observed on the first day of spring, so October was the 8th month, September was 7th, and such, as the names suggest. In the English speaking world, the new year was moved to January 1 sometime in the mid-18th century. At that same time, the rule for leap years ending in 00 was changed, because the seasons had drifted out of sync with the calendar over the centuries, and 11 days were removed from the calendar to bring the solstices and equinoxes back near their traditional dates. If you look up historical figures who lived during the time that happened (George Washington, for example), the source may give their birth dates as “old style” or “new style” depending on whether the date given refers to the calendar as it was when the person was born (Julian calendar) or extrapolating the date as it would be in the modern (Gregorian) calendar.

    And I’m not fibbing. This is true.

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      1. The reason for the seasons being out of sync was because the time between a solstice or equinox and the corresponding event one year later is not a whole number of natural days (i.e., a whole number of rotations on the axis), nor it is a simple fraction of natural days. Any consistent rule for leap years is inherently approximating this time period as 365 and some fractional number of days. For example, one leap day every four years, or 25 leap years per century, means an average of 365 1/4 days in a year. Removing one leap year per century from this algorithm, which was the rule for the Julian calendar, means 24 leap years out of every 100, for an average year length of 365 24/100 days. The Gregorian calendar adds one more leap year every 400 years to the Julian calendar, or 97 leap years out of every 400, so the average year is 365 97/400 days long (365.2425 as a decimal). The most precise mesaurements possible, according to Wikipedia, give the average length from one March equinox to the next as 365.24237 days, very close to the current value, meaning that it would take over 3000 years for the equinoxes to drift by one day.

        At this point, the very small natural variations and perturbations in Earth’s orbit are probably significant enough that any more accurate change to the calendar probably would still cause things to get out of sync over thousands of years. In other words, by the time that the equinoxes drift too far from their dates now, that average year of 365.24237 days may no longer be an accurate measurement in the first place.

        Although I believe in God, numbers and measurements in nature tend to be random and unrelated enough that I would expect this kind of thing to happen. If a year were an exact number of days, that would seem weird to me, unless there was a simple scientific explanation.

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      2. Another happy coincidence with the current Gregorian leap year system is that the total number of days in 400 years, 400 times 365 plus 97 leap days, is a multiple of 7, meaning that 400 calendar years is a whole number of weeks. So those perpetual calendars, where you look up the year and it tells you which of the 14 possible arrangements of what days fall on what days of the week go with that year, only need to list 400 possible years, and if you’re looking for a year later than that, you can just look for a year 400 years apart. So if I wanted to see a calendar of the year 2420, I could just look at a 2020 calendar, and every day would fall on the same day of the week.

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