Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leaping Leap Year

Some fun Leap Day Facts to celebrate the only day that comes around once ever four years:
 Historically, February 29th is the day where woman can traditionally propose marriage to a male companion. The exact history of this isn’t know, but it is speculated to have started in 5th century Ireland.

This day is often celebrated in many cities with discounts and sales, in both shops and restaurants. It’s said that frogs legs are the most popular snack today. Maybe it’s time to nibble on those bad boys!

Karin Henriksen of Norway holds an interesting world record in relation to Leap Day. She has given birth to three children on consecutive Leap Days, including her daughter in 1960 and her two sons in 1964 and 1968. Pretty cool considering people have a 1-in-1461 chance of being born on a leap day.

According to, Leap Year has been around for 2,000 years, since Julius Caesar created the 365-day calendar. However, Caesar's astronomer, Sosigenes, gets credit for adding an extra day in February every four years. The Egyptians were the first people to add a leap day every four years, but the Romans were the first to choose February 29th as the official date.

Ten fun facts about Leap Year:

  1. Your chances of being born on a leap day are approximately 1 in 1461.
  2. There are about 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people in the world who were born on Leap Day.
  3. People born on Leap Day are called leaplings.
  4. In most states, leaplings must wait until March 1st to be eligible for any age-specific privileges (ages 16, 18, 21).
  5. Every now and then we have to skip a regularly scheduled leap year. This happens during specific century years.
  6. Century years are not leap years unless they can be evenly divided by 400. The years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600 and 2000 were.
  7. When 2/29 is entered into a majority of websites it comes up as an invalid birth date.
  8. US Presidential elections and Summer Olympic Games are both held every four years and occur during leap years.
  9. In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year. On the other hand, in Ireland, women can propose to a man.
  10. The next February 29th will come around again in 1,460 days.
Well, leaping lizards I got a lot stuff to do so I gotta run and with that........ it's another day in Catasauqua (an extra one!)