Despite popular belief, Julius Caesar did not invent the Orange Julius or the Caesar salad. And he did not play professional basketball under the name of Dr. J.
However, he did invent the Julian Calendar, in 47 BC, for reasons too long to explain in this story.
All was good until Pope Gregory XIII came along in 1582 and changed things again with the Gregorian Calendar. Again, there were a lot of reasons, but what matters for this story is that he got rid of ten days and declared that the day after October 4 would not be October 5, but October 15. And he added an extra day to February every four years, which is what we now know as Leap Year.
So what, you may ask? Well, remember how the Mayan Calendar predicts the world as we know it will end miserably on December 21 of this year? What if the Mayans forgot to include in their calculations all of those leap years Pope Gregory put in?
Some online reports say the Mayan Calendar really ended on August 3, 2011, meaning we’ve been dead for the past 180 days or more. So, how does it feel?