I thought I’ll start my blog with something different, just to get people to think. I work in the railways and I get paid every 4 weeks (28 days) and one year, I got 14 payslips, why? When I worked for a charity, we had 53 weeks one year, why? So, I went looking for an answer.

*How long is a year?*

We all believe a year is 365 days
right? Well, no. 364 goes into 13 (28), but 365 doesn’t, so we have
a day left. Its a same with 364 / 52 (7), so we get a day left over
again. Its the same with a leap year, so we have 6 hours and a day
left over. We know about the 6 hours, which make up a leap year which
is the 29^{th}
February, but what about the rest?

*How long will it be?*

Firstly, we need to find out how many years we need to make 28 days, so, that’s easy, 28. Not quite so fast,we forgotten the leap year? So 28 / 4 is 7, now 28 – 7 = 21. But… that’s between 20 and 24 years.

What about the extra week? Well, depending on the leap years, between 5 and 7 years.

And now you know why. If your payslip starts dead on the 1^{st} of January, then it will possibly mean 14 that year, likewise for the weeks, if week 1 is the 1^{st} of January, then you get week 53!