It’s already been the leap year for a month and 28 days, but for many of us the whole leap year thing really comes into focus in the very end of February or more exactly tomorrow, as it’s Feb. 29 aka leap day. So here are some fun and interesting facts about leap year that you might find amusing:
It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn’t always match up;
Instead of 365 days, the Earth takes an extra 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 second to go around the Sun;
Julius Caesar is said to be the “father of leap year” since he added February 29th as a leap day in the Julian calendar, with the once every 4 years rule. It took another 1500 years (till 1582) for the Gregorian calendar to apply the system we use now;
Only years divisible by 4 have leap days;
Leap day is the day when women are allowed to propose to men (though these days most women don’t wait if that’s what they want to do, if you know what I mean). The tradition was for the first time backed up by a Scottish law enacted in 1288. Which although unsubstantiated, it allowed women the right to corner a man with a proposal. Men who refused would have to pay a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk dress or a pair of gloves.
Sweden once had an extra leap day, February 30th, in 1712;
According to astrologers, those born under the sign of Pisces on February 29 have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status;
Famous people born on February 29: Born 1976 – Ja Rule, rapper
Born 1972 – Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
Born 1956- Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer
Born 1916 – Dinah Shore, singer
Born 1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, bandleader.
Born 1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer
Leap Day babies have to be 116 before they turn 29 on the 29th! But leap year babies’ parents typically choose either February 28 or March 1 to celebrate in years that aren’t leap years;
In Greece, people believe it is bad luck to get married in a leap year;
Superstitious Chinese believe that more accidents and mishaps occur during the leap month in the lunar calendar. They also think that children born in that month are harder to bring up. Nor are they keen to start a business or get married then.
US Presidential elections and Summer Olympic Games are both held every four years and occur in the Leap Year;
Want to know what day of the week Leap Day will be? It occurs on the same day every 28 years. That means it will be 2040 before Leap Day is on a Wednesday again.
Oh, and one more thing... If it is as beautiful in your town as it is here today- Try this on as an excuse to skip work...