“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.

@noelle so the year starts in January, but the calendar starts in March?

@noelle Roman calendar shenanigans reminds me of the old saw, "stardards never die".

Chances are the reasons somethings are certains sizes or some processes happen in certain ways depend on decisions made thousands of years ago.

@confusedcharlot Were you also thinking of the popular legend about railroad widths and Roman chariots?

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