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May 4, 2013

Gregorian Rant

Back in the 1500s, Pope Gregory XIII pushed a calendar reform through the Catholic Church to correct an error in the old Julian calendar. You see, the Julian calendar worked on the premise that a year was exactly 365.25 days, whereas in reality a year is 365.2424 days. The difference may seem like a rounding error, but the Julian year was actually long by ...

 

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