Dear Amy: Why are there leap years? Why isn't February the same number of days every year? — Denis, Crompond, N.Y.
Dear Denis: We all think of a year as being 365 days long, but actually it takes about 365 and 1/4 days for the Earth to make a complete orbit around the sun. The Egyptians figured out that we needed to add a day to the calendar every four years to keep it on track with the solar year. The Romans adopted this idea for their own calendar and designated February 29 as the leap day. To learn more, visit Fact Monster's Leap Year 101, www.factmonster.com/spot/leapyear2.html. Enjoy the extra day next year!
Dear Amy: Where does Bigfoot live? — Lauryn, Jackson Center, Pa.
Dear Lauryn: The original Bigfoot tracks were found in a California forest in 1958. The footprints measured 16 inches long and were assumed to be left by a large, hairy beast. Years later in 2002, it was announced that Bigfoot was a hoax. The prankster used large wooden feet to create the tracks. Many Bigfoot fans believe that he’s real and still out there. What do you think? Find out more about Bigfoot at www.timeforkids.com/TFK/class/wr/article/
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