Posted by Judy T.
The answers to last week's posted questions:
1. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon
2. Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 60 years and will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. She became Queen upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952. Although she was proclaimed Queen immediately, it was more than a year before the Coronation took place.
3. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of a year is about 365.242 days, not 365 days, as commonly stated. Basically, leap years occur every 4 years, and years that are evenly divisible by 4 have 366 days. This extra day is added as February 29th. However, there is one exception to the leap year rule involving century years, such as the year 1900. Since the year is slightly less than 365.25 days long, adding an extra day every 4 years results in about 3 extra days being added over a period of 400 years. For this reason, only 1 out of every 4 century years is considered as a leap year. Century years are considered as leap years only if they are evenly divisible by 400.
4. The Mayans Long Count Calendar began in 3,114 B.C., marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and they wrote that the 13th Baktun ends on Dec. 21, 2012. The doomsday predictions associated with this date have been discounted by numerous individuals and government agencies around the world.
5. The Girl Scouts