According to the Gregorian calendar, February is the second month of the year, and also the shortest month. February had 28 days until Julius Caesar gave it 29, and 30 days every four years. According to tradition, Augustus, the Roman emperor, took one day off to add one day to August, the month named after him. We now have February with 28 days, and 29 on leap years.

Tip: Learn the difference between an apostrophe for contractions, plurals and possessives. The most common mistake is “it’s/its”. With the apostrophe (it’s), the meaning is “it is”. Without the apostrophe, the word is a possessive – something belonging to “it” (the dog chewed its bone).

Thought: “Discontent is at the root of the creative process.” – Eric Hoffer

Teaser: You’re stranded on a deserted island. What do you need to do to survive? Do you get rescued? When?