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Re: Yes, I'm back

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Monday, January 20, 2003, 6:05
Peter Clark wrote:
> [*] Note that astronomers count a year 0, which means that the year prior, > instead of being 2 BC, is really -1. I think it's because they are, at heart, > cruel and perverse beings who like to throw the calendar into confusion.
Well, it's to make calculations easier. The year 1 BC was a leap year (as was 5 BC, 9 BC, etc.). By counting it as -1 one would lose that leap day, and be off a whole day in ones calculations
> it would be better for the budding Christian > Kankonians to pick a significant date on their calendar for Christmas. Terran > religious holidays would probably be a rather moot point.
Depends on the mindset of these Christians. There were once terrible debates over the "proper" day to celebrate Easter, for example. I could see a sort of "fundamentalist" type group carefully calculating out what day on their calendar corresponds to Earth's December 25, the "true" date of Christmas. :-) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42