Today’s CJotD, crap joke fans, falls on no ordinary occasion.
Today, as you may or may not already know, is the 29th February. Famous for being the birthday of much celebrated Hungarian sprint canoer Katalin Kovács, observers of the Gregorian calendar will also recognise the 29th as the one and only ‘leap day’: something that comes around approximately once every four years.
The CJotD archive team decided to do a bit of digging to find out more (fear not, concerned reader, this extra-curricular activity was kept strictly outside of working hours). They discovered that leap years occur because, contrary to popular belief, Earth doesn’t take 365 days to rotate around the sun, but actually 365 days, five hours and 49 minutes. Many moons ago time boffins decided to stitch an extra day onto February every now and then to even things up.
Leap seconds work on a similar principle, but should not be confused with leap years. Leap frogs and leaps of faith are entirely unrelated.
This all leads us to an important explanation. This year, the leap day cosmic anomaly caused some issues here at Crap Joke of the Day™ HQ. It seems our IT team forgot to update our server calendar with the required extra day and, in an incident reminiscent of people’s worst fears around the millennium bug, the CJotD supercomputer became befuddled yesterday, crashed, and shut down.
It took some time to get it up and running again (after all, you can’t turn a computer off and on again if the problem is it being off in the first place – our IT team was stumped), hence our failure to publish a crap joke yesterday. We can only apologise. Hopefully today’s apt effort will make things better. Enjoy.
I once arrested a man who stole a calendar.
He got 12 months.
Another one of those, same time tomorrow.