February has 28 days… But why?

Thirty days hath November, April, June, and September. February has 28 alone. All the rest have 31. This popular rhyme has been around since the 1500s. But, has anyone ever took the time to find out why February has only 28 days? It’s not something they teach in school. What mysteries lie in the month of February? What secrets does this short month keep?

Well, to make this story short… It’s the Romans’ fault. Our modern calendar is loosely based on their old, confusing one. Though records on the Roman calendar are sparse and sketchy at best, legend has it that Romulus, the first king of Rome, devised a 10-month lunar calendar that began at the spring equinox in March and ended with December.

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 30 days
Maius: 31 days
Junius: 30 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 30 days
September: 30 days
October: 31 days
November: 30 days
December: 30 days

Tally up those numbers, and you’ll see a problem—the year is only 304 days long. Back then, winter was a nameless, month-less period that no one cared for much. (Planters and harvesters used the calendar as a timetable. To them, winter was useless and wasn’t worth counting.) So for 61 days out of the year, Romans could ask “What month is it?” and you could correctly answer, “None!”

Rome’s second king, (King Numa Pompilius) decided to make the calendar more accurate by syncing it up with the actual lunar year (which is about 354 days). Pompilius added on two months(January and February) after December to account for the new days. The Romans believed even numbers were unlucky, so Numa tried to make each month odd. But to reach the quota of 355, one month had to be even. February ended up pulling the short stick, probably because it was simply the last month on the list. Numa’s calendar ended up looking like this:

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 29 days
Maius: 31 days
Iunius: 29 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 29 days
September: 29 days
October: 31 days
November: 29 days
December: 29 days
Ianuarius: 29 days
Februarius: 28 days

Of course, a 355-day calendar had its bugs. After a few years went by, the seasons and months would fall out of sync. So to keep things straight, the Romans had the brilliant idea to “occasionally” insert a 27-day leap month called Mercedonius. The Romans would erase the last couple days of February and start the leap month on February 24th. This caused headaches everywhere. The leap month was inconsistent, mainly because Rome’s high priests determined when it would arrive. Not only did they insert Mercedonius haphazardly, but the priests (being basically politicians at the time) abused the power, using it to extend the terms of friends and trim the terms of enemies.

In around 45 B.C., Julius Caesar commissioned an expert to put aside the lunar origins of the Roman calendar and make it sun-based, like the Egyptian one. Caesar added 10 days to the calendar year and an extra day in February every four years. (The leap-year day was inserted after the 23rd, the same time as the old intercalary month.) Now, the year averaged out to 365.25 days, very close to the actual average length of a year: 365.2425 days (and even that varies). But in order to get Rome on track with the Julian Calendar, the year 46 BCE had to be 445 days long!

After that, the world favored a 365 day calendar. And here we are over 2019 years later, still using the same calendar. At least… For now.

Written by Victor Fonseca
Ig: everyone_hates_victorfonseca

2018 Bv305 wellness challenge

2018 was a challenging year for everyone to say the least, it had many ups and downs trials and tribulations, the Bearded villainsV Miami Chapter was no exception. With the year starting of somewhat stagnant, the veterans in the chapter realized that a change needed to happen within the chapter and decided to take action and so the BV 305 wellness challenge was issued. Quickly, the challenge was accepted by many of the brothers in the chapter who agreed a change was needed in many aspects.

There is a massive amount of research connecting an individual’s overall wellness to an alignment of body and mind. Quite simply put a healthy body creates a healthy mind. The brothers within the challenge committed to 90 days, to get moving and rebuild their bodies and minds. Each morning brothers would share workouts, songs, and motivational quotes to keep the focus within the group. As with any challenge life happens and the difficulties of staying committed arose but, through the strength of the brothers involved each stepping in different moments to uplift each other to realign with their goals and motivation.

As BV305 challenge group started sharing progress in the next few weeks it was evident that something else was happening, the entire chapters mindset was changing. The days were bringing more obstacles but with the new mental alignment amongst the chapter it also creates more solutions. For each pound lost, each progress pic taken, the Miami chapter was finding a new identity, and through that wanted to share with the world their journey and an open invitation to join them.

In 2018 the brothers in the challenge stepped out of their comfort zones, joined gyms for the first time or switched to new ones, lost collectively nearly 200lbs, hit personal lifting goals, and even competed in CrossFit, powerlifting, and strongman. The discipline of staying committed carried over into their home and work lives as well. The year 2018 was indeed a challenging road but through holding each other accountable and keeping each other motivated the BV305 was able to elevate themselves above the pitfalls that many of us fall victim to. The want for change must come from within but the change can only happen when supported from the outside. With that being said the Miami chapter challenges you to challenge yourselves and those around you, together we are capable of even greater heights.

Written by: John Banks
IG: bearded_superman

Bv305 New Year

And so a new year has begun! This is the time where one typically reflects upon the previous year, and all that came and went. It is a time where one chooses to correct mistakes, and make changes to what may have failed in the previous year. Or….it’s time taken as an opportunity to better ones self. We have all heard the phrase, “New Year, New Me”.

Some might say it’s the biggest cliché since “it’s not you, it’s me”, and in truth….it is. You see, such a statement imposes a simple untruth; which is to acknowledge that what you are isn’t good enough, and that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Now, there is nothing wrong with improvement, and this much is down right accurate, but improving on ones self doesn’t automatically identify your present self as insufficient, it simply means you are ambitious. So let us start with this change. Not “New Me” but, Better Me. As a matter of fact; Better Us!

BV305 is, and always has been a staple for their community; fueled by their knowledge of what determination does, and their willingness to be a light to another’s darkness. They have extended beyond their own homes and city, and have become a beacon to any that looks their way. A simple good morning message from an energetic, and seemingly psychotic few. Later, an afternoon post showcasing the time they spend in each other’s company. Even drawing to a close; a day spent working themselves to their bones; with another bit of positive reinforcement. This is the journey they take to attain this. It’s a journey of the soul.

Positive reinforcement comes a long way. You may be a realist, and reflect more on the reality that is action. Indeed, actions create possibilities, and reinforce goals to become achievements rather than just dreams. However, the positive outlook on a seemingly impossible situation is what makes reality seem less troubled, and drives your Will to achieve your success.

Furthering into betterment, one believes that the focal point of self improvement is ones self. Completely unaware of the impact it makes to one’s being, to be the light to another. In this new year, you are urged to be better. Why not help another to be better, and in doing so, better yourself. Feed off the energy you give off that triggers all that’s around you, and effects you just as efficiently. The Bearded Villains Miami challenges you now!

Don’t be a new you. Who YOU are is perfect. Be a better you, be a you that others look up to. The you that people get inspired by. The you that inspires a greater people. A greater Us!

Written By: Javier Vasallo – @_pride55

Amigos for kids

There are 365 days in a year, by our standard calendar. Many of these 365 days, the average person spends their time doing insubstantial things. A day at the house, watching TV, or maybe kicking it with their friends. Of course, everyone earns their living, and spends half their life slaving in one sense or another, but the moments one looks forward to, are of the aforementioned.

Of course, there are other moments that are a bit more….lavish, that is just as important when there is time off. The crazed parties, expensive getaways, fancy meals with elegant company at overpriced eateries; pretty much filling up in a dose of vanity. The joys of life, if you will. Then, there is that which fulfills like nothing else can. The simple act of giving back.

As is already known by so many, BV305 has become a group that is looked upon when charity is involved. One thing that drives them, is the ability to give back when able, in whatever form is at their disposal. More so, it is in keeping their traditions to give their time and effort towards specific events that are meaningfully, valuable or near to them.

Every December for the last 3 years, Bearded Villains Miami team up with Amigos for Kids; an organization that’s existed since 1991, and formed as a subsidiary to Amigo for Children’s Homes, until they branched off a year later, to form their own independent organization with the purpose of raising awareness for the needs of South Florida’s abuses, neglected, and less-fortunate children.

In particular, this December 15th event was in the spirit of Christmas. Dozens of volunteers come together with Amigos, and figuratively dawn their Santa hats, and elf ears to gather up the items donated by so many, to later be received by these young and needing souls. A few hours of hard work, to bring smiles that last a lifetime.

In the 365 days in a year, a handful of hours can make the difference in the life of so many. These are the moments the bearded brothers live for. As people in a world filled with so much, how will you sacrifice your time, to make your difference?

Bullies united.

December 16th marked the 2nd Annual Bullies Unite Event. Brewers from around South Florida come together to showcase their breeds, raise awareness about the breeds themselves, and engage in charity events, focused on giving back to the community. This concept was originally created by Team G3 and was formed with the same ideals and principals of the Bearded Villains, which IS giving back. Did we mention puppies? Who doesn’t like to see a slew of puppies all in one place?!?

Bullies Unite started a toy drive in conjunction with their event initially. Many people hold toy drives but the focus is universally the same, to give to children in need, no matter the circumstance. When Team G3 reached out to the Bearded Villains to partner up, BV305’s Lieutenant Jorge ( @thebeardedphoenix ) answered the resounding call. Jorge incorporated Nicklaus Hospital as the focal point for the donations. The stage was set and the event larger. Much of what the Bearded Villains do, and the majority of what BV305 is geared towards, are charities of variety for children. Children are our future as a nation, but more importantly to mankind. How bv305 shows and does for children in need carries with them into adulthood with the hopes that what bv305 shows them (will be instilled in their character as well.)

Bully breeds in general are a group of misunderstood breeds; Pit Bulls being at the top of the list. Most people see pits as vicious and dangerous. The fear is such that ownership of a pit in some counties is prohibited. The one creature on this planet that will love a human more than itself is a dog. Dogs have been domesticated and have coexisted with our race almost our as long as our race’s inception. A great deal of how a dog acts is in their upbringing and training. All in all, a dog is still an animal, and animals will act like animals. We accept them into our lives and we have to accept them for who and what they are. We can’t react derogatorily to a creature that lives instinctually. Any dog can lash out whether it be unintentional or intentional, bullies however are donned this stigmata. Bullies Unites main goal is to urn these negative views into positive understanding through education and awareness.

This year’s event did not disappoint in turnout or donations. There were quite a few breeders in attendance and a rescue sanctuary for birds of prey was represented there as well. Pet supply vendors and the breeders held raffles for supplies, puppies and toys. The toys donated for Nicklaus Hospital were in abundance. Money raised was also donated to the hospital. Some Nicklaus Hospital children are bed ridden and unable to go home. They’re not allotted a Christmas like the rest of us. Giving gifts and time gives these children an opportunity to celebrate the best way they can. BV305 even hosts a radio show in the hospital call Radio Lollipop. This allows children to call in and request songs while participating Villains aid them in completing fun group projects.

Acts of kindness and overcoming ignorance are synonymous. Bringing awareness to a misunderstood breed of animals while helping children in treatment and acts that bring them a semblance of happiness in the light of despair can mean a world of difference. This was evident just by seeing all the smiling faces of the ids at the event when Santa showed, BV305 style, and passed out presents. We may be in the season of giving, but the season of caring and giving is really all year round. Happy Holidays from your Beloved BV305.

Written by: Byron Chagnon

Instagram name: shagnus

Edited by Victor Fonseca.

MERRY Krampus

Grayson had started the evening fast asleep. The evening in question, being Christmas Eve, this was not unusual or unexpected. In fact, being Christmas Eve it was equally usual and expected that at 1 minute past midnight Grayson awoke in eager anticipation.
As many of his friends were doing at that same moment, Grayson was wondering if Father Christmas (Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas if you prefer) had yet visited. He further wondered what gifts might appear for him under the Christmas tree or in the stocking above the fireplace. He had absolute confidence that Father Christmas would not only visit, but also leave an abundance of gifts that he could enjoy for the coming days.
Little Grayson lay in his bed being as quiet as he possibly could until finally he heard the soft creaking of the floorboards outside his room. In his excitement he completely forgot the advice his parents had given him many times throughout the year –
“Grayson be good or else you will have no gifts for Christmas.”
“Grayson put that down now! If you keep on like this there will be no Christmas gifts for you.”
“Grayson leave the dog alone or Christmas will be cancelled – no gifts for you!”
“Grayson if you talk back one more time…”
As he sat up in his bed to eagerly watch the door and catch Father Christmas in the act of delivering his presents, he forgot what his older brother, Xanthus, had told him only a few hours earlier.
“You are so mean Grayson” he had spluttered through tears as he held the arm Grayson had just bit. “It would serve you right to get no gifts at all.”
What Little Grayson had not considered is thait Xanthus was correct, and Grayson really did not deserve the gifts he presumed to be just beyond his bedroom door. He had not considered at all that his bad behavior might result in punishment rather than reward. He only considered this as the door opened.
In the sliver of moonlight that came through his bedroom window, he could see in the doorway a beast of magnificent proportions. With long horns and cloven hoofs, it was monstrously beautiful and fiercely savage.
Although Little Grayson wished to scream, he found his throat was dry and his voice had been stolen by his fear. Little more than a gasp came out as the creature took a few short strides from the door to his bed and pulled a sack from over its shoulder. Grayson’s eyes widened with fear as the sack came down over him, and he could not help but be intrigued and disturbed that the beast’s face resembled that of a person. But at the same time had the viciousness of a monster.
The creature turned and strode from the room, back down the stairs and out of the house with the silent petrified Grayson slung over its shoulder. Xanthus stood watching them leave, no fear apparent for he had no reason to be scared of the same fate.
As they left the house Xanthus whispered after them “Merry Christmas Grayson!”.
In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.
Krampus himself historically comes around the night of December 25th, tagging along with St. Nicholas. He visits houses all night with his saintly pal. While St. Nick is on hand to put candy in the shoes of good kids and birch twigs in the shoes of the bad, Krampus’ particular specialty is punishing naughty children. Legend has it that throughout the Christmas season, misbehaved kids are beaten with birch branches or can disappear, stuffed into Krampus’ sack and hauled off to his lair to be tortured or eaten.
Krampus’ roots have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, they date back to pre-Germanic paganism in the region. His name originates with the German krampen, which means “claw,” and tradition has it that he is the son of the Norse god of the underworld, Hel. During the 12th century, the Catholic Church attempted to banish Krampus celebrations because of his resemblance to the devil. More eradication attempts followed in 1934 at the hands of Austria’s conservative Christian Social Party. But none of it held, and Krampus emerged as a much-feared and beloved holiday force.
So, you better watch out. You better not pout. Or krampus will take you to a place where no one can hear you shout. Best of luck and wishes during this holiday season.

Written and edited by Victor Fonseca

Ig: everyone_hates_victorfonseca

Radio lollipop

Pictures for a moment, where the smallest gesture of caring could change a bleak situation into a solitary moment of happiness. Where a genuine smile aimed in the right direction, can be returned in the most intensely gratifying way. The most elating sensation one can feel is that of a child’s smile, influenced by an individual whose goal was to bring it forth. How good does it feel to know that that smile may just have been the one to turn everything around? Radio Lolipop are those smiles incased in the warmth of another’s spirit; waiting to be spilled forth and infect the small bodied recipients.

Early this year, one of the BV305 brothers came forward with an idea that became; what may possibly be the most surreal experience they had experienced to date. The idea was simple, and one that was so obvious to them; be there for the kids. But to what extent? Radio Lolipop is an in-house radio station, fully equipped with a studio, mics, a great music selection, and a plethora of enthusiastic folks with the simple purpose of bringing joy to children whose current situation were unfortunate. That is the point where BV305 fit perfectly, and they were able to bring out their goofy fun personalities, for the benefit of the sweet little ones before them.

Their task was a simple one, walk in to a room, smile and introduce themselves to the children and parents, then start the fun. Each group brought with them a small cart with an assortment of supplies for a fun, arts and crafts design challenge for the kids to enjoy for the slightest bit of time, while they jammed to whatever Radio Lolipop played on the air. Better yet, the kids were able to dial in and make their own music requests, making their interaction all the better for them, and those participating. Once the assignment was explained, the volunteers took off to other rooms where more children awaited, leaving them with promises to return to check out their masterpieces. At the end, winners were chosen and announced on air. This was the moment of pride for them, as all knew who they were, and better yet, the elation of knowing their prize was on the way.

The smallest gesture, the slightest token, or a minimal show of caring can bring forth a gratitude like no other. To these children, whose circumstances brought them to a place they don’t quite understand, brings them a very long way. The Bearded Villains were pleased to be a part of something so much greater than themselves. As they mentioned many times in the past, the future lies with these small people, and being the generation responsible for what is left to them, they have made it a point to show kindness whenever possible, so when they do get better, and grow as everyone does, they become the best versions of themselves they can be, and later do onto others, as was done to them. The simple purpose shared by Radio Lolipop and BV305, is kindness.

Written by Javi Vasallo

Instagram : _Pride55

NO shave November

November. Around this time we wind down from ghouls, goblins, and scantily clad costumes to start focusing on the upcoming holidays.Christmas and Thanksgiving are on the horizon. These holidays are both times of giving, receiving, and being thankful. Thanksgiving though, is a time of being thankful for friends, family, and health. Not everyone can relish and be thankful for some of the things we take for granted, like being healthy as cancer can take its toll on ay of us. All hope is not lost and with positivity and support we can do our part to say #F**KCANCER.

Enter No-shave November. This year marks 10 years that the non profit organization has been at this. This call to hairiness was to raise prostate cancer awareness for men, much like the pink bow of breast cancer for women. It now applies to any and all cancer awareness, treatment, and research. We Bearded Villains embrace this philosophy daily and continue to let this mantra spread into other charitable acts that we sponsor and do. Now don’t think you NEED to be a Bearded Villain to take action. Everyone can get in on the concept.

No-shave November involves participants to forgo shaving and grooming, whether it be facial hair, leg hair – head or otherwise, to evoke conversation which in turn is an opportunity to raise awareness and possibly inspire others to participate, contribute, or donate as well. (Phew! One breath!) The reason for the hair growth as a symbol is to embrace hair itself as most cancer patients lose it through chemotherapy. During the month, any money you’d spend on grooming and shaving you’d donate to institutions to research and cure cancer. It also helps raise people’s knowledge base on prevention as well.

Put that razor DOWN! It’s pretty easy to get on board, simply stop shaving, hitting up the barber for that fade, or getting that bikini wax job. For November, use that money to donate to fighting cancer. Strict hygiene rules at work? No problem! Grooming and trimming maintenance is fine. Can’t grow a beard?!? Support someone who can! Match their money to donate. In short, you can do your part and help make a difference in some people’s lives. It doesn’t just have to be November to give either. Any month can and does work, besides there’s never a bad time to be thankful and give back.

Breast cancer awareness

October is nationally recognized for one main reason, Halloween. The colors of October are typically represented by black and orange, but since 1993, a third color has been added to the mind’s eye, pink. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol. Overall, breast cancer death rates dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 breast cancer deaths during those 26 years; all thanks to aggressive research, cure campaigning and support. However, a reduction in deaths does not mean that the battle is over. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women and 2,470 cases diagnosed in men.

Breast cancer hits home with many accords the world, because of whom it affects. Our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. As men, it is our natural instinct to want to protect them from harm, and in the case of the fight against breast cancer, it requires a Herculean effort from not only our brotherhood, but our friends, family, and supporters alike. A month of awareness in perspective to the end goal seems extremely small, but it has shown to be incredibly impactful.

The Bearded Villains Brotherhood has been heavily involved in breast cancer awareness since its establishment in 2014; especially as the brotherhood grew in its chapters around the world. They’ve used different methods to raise money and further awareness to continue the fight against breast cancer. In selling patches, hats, and even participating in cancer walks and runs; they have achieved quite a bit. The Miami chapter, one of the leaders in charitable work within the brotherhood, would make sure its impact in the fight against breast cancer would be felt as well. In creating an exclusive tee shirt and taking all proceeds raised, it was possible to sponsor a very special family in Coney Island, as they participated in their very own breast cancer awareness walk.

So, next time October comes along, and you, your friends, and families prepare for Halloween with costumes, and tricks and treats; throw on some pink this year, and show the world that you’re not in costume, but rather in uniform, alongside the BV305, in the fight against breast cancer.

Written by: John Banks
IG: Bearded_superman

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