Twitter’s Dad, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Corrects Us on Leap Day

I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. I love his sweet style, his passion for science, and yes, even his good-natured pedantry. I actually laughed out loud when I saw today’s example:

Obviously he’s stretching it at this point, which has only opened the door for a whole host of hilarious responses. Here are just a few that I’ve spotted thus far:

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. But it doesn’t make any sense! If anything, we should call all the Feb 29ths that we skip over leap days!

  2. In Danish it is called at “shotyear”. To shoot can mean, besides shooting a projectile, to move, or delay.

  3. I prefer to think of Leap Day as us leaping ahead a day and then the orbit takes 4 years to catch up. Lead from the front right?

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