Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Year Day!

Today is a leap year day.  Matter of fact the whole entire year is a leap year, but today we celebrate the actual day.  One extra day for a total of 366, and a make up day for the other 3 years that were just a little off.  What will you do with this extra special day...this quadrennial event?  Do something monumental? Sleep? Reflect? Leap out of a plane? Business as usual? Spend 24 hours straight at the magical kingdom of Disneyland? (you CAN do that, you know)  Well what ever you do be sure to live this extra day to the fullest!

I thought I'd give you a list a fun leap year/leap day facts:

  • Someone born on February 29th is referred to as a "leapling"
  • The odds of being born on a leap day are 1 in 1,461
  • Statistics show there are 4.1 million people world wide born on Feb. 29th
  • Due to legal issues in some countries that recognize Feb 29th birthdays on either March 1st or Feb 28th, Leaplings can run into hassles with birth certificates, drivers licenses, and entry fields on websites
  • Leap years were planned in years only divisible by four
  • Century years have to be evenly divisible by 400 to count as leap years.  So 1700, 1800, and 1900 were NOT leap years, but 1600 and 2000 were
  • Prisoners convicted in leap years will serve one extra day of time
  • Many annual salaries are based off a 365 day year so workers will also work one extra day as well
  • In Ireland it is tradition that women may propose to man on this day
  • In Scotland, if the marriage proposal was refused, the man then had to pay a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress, a rose, or a pair of gloves
  • People born on Feb 29th are said to have unusual talents and unique personalities
  • In order for leap day babies to celebrate a "golden birthday" they would have to be 116 years old to technically be 29 on the 29th.

So no matter how you spend this extra 24 hours be sure to try and make it extraordinary. Well, and hey, if I'm going to make the most of this extra special day myself, I better stop bloggin' hop to it!


Denn said...

I chuckled that prisoners would have an extra day behind bars.

Anonymous said...

I feel so much better now that I'm re-synchronized. Happy Sadie Hawkins Day!

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