A Conversation for Ask h2g2

useless facts

Post 10101

ITIWBS

February was the last month of the Roman year prior to adoption of the calendar reforms of Julius Caesar, which is why intercalary days are still bundled with February.


useless facts

Post 10102

You can call me TC

I was alive when it went up but being in an insular Brit community and only 6 at the time, it sort of passed me by. I knew plenty of people who did experience it, and I had a colleague who got out the day before it was built.

That is an amazing statistic - that the wall has been down as long as it was up. It seems like yesterday. smiley - senior


useless facts

Post 10103

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Do they still sell Amerikaner in Berlin bakeries, I wonder? smiley - bigeyessmiley - donut


useless facts

Post 10104

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

By "intercalary days," do you mean leap years?

smiley - pirate


useless facts

Post 10105

ITIWBS

Yes, leap-days are intercalary days.

Before the Julian calendar, the number varied, sometimes erratically


useless facts

Post 10106

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

That is also the reason for the names being off:
October = 8-ber
November = 9-ber
December = 10-ber


useless facts

Post 10107

ITIWBS

So it is.


useless facts

Post 10108

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

Also September. (7-ember)

smiley - pirate


useless facts

Post 10109

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

Yes, I forgot September.

Still it looks like a lack of inspiration after running out of suitable gods/emperors


useless facts

Post 10110

ITIWBS

Other way around, I think.

The numeric designations came first.

It was only in Imperial times that the 5th & 6th months of the old calendar were renamed after Julius and Augustus, for example.


useless facts

Post 10111

Baron Grim

Dave Gorman makes a good argument for a 13 month year.
http://youtu.be/EcMTHr3TqA0


As arbitrary and confusing as our current calendar is, it could be worse.

http://www.cracked.com/article_20849_5-cultures-whose-calendars-would-break-your-concept-time.html

smiley - huh


useless facts

Post 10112

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Lobster Thermidor was named for a French play. The play acted out exciting events in the French Revolutionary month of Thermidor. The Thermidorian Reaction took place on 9 Thermidor II, or 27 July 1794.

This was in summer. While it is true that 'Thermidor' has *two* r's in it, it really wasn't a good month for shellfish...


useless facts

Post 10113

Baron Grim

Sloths are the only mammal that doesn't fart.


useless facts

Post 10114

Feisor - -0- Generix I made it back - sortof ...

Kangaroos don't fart either


Useless Facts

Post 10115

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

You know this from personal experience, do you?

smiley - pirate


Useless Facts

Post 10116

Pink Paisley

Sloths don't fart? They just exhale very slowly through their bums.

PP.


Useless Facts

Post 10117

ITIWBS

Rats, according to legend, do not belch. ...sometimes cited as reason not to provide them with carbonated beverages.


Useless Facts

Post 10118

Cheerful Dragon

It's quite possible that kangaroos don't fart, but the previous comment could still be correct. Sloths are mammals, kangaroos are marsupials.


Useless Facts

Post 10119

Pink Paisley

But since kangaroo ladies have boobies they must surely also be mammals.

And given their mode of locomotion, I think there may be a business opportunity in developing kangaroo sports bras.

PP.


Useless Facts

Post 10120

Mr. X ---> "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

Sports bras wouldn't do any good. Kangaroos' mammary glands are inside their pouches. (I think.)

smiley - pirate


Key: Complain about this post