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Fun Facts About Leap Year
When is the next leap year? 2020.
A leap year is any year with 366 days instead of the usual 365 days. Therefore, leap day in 2020 will fall on Saturday, February 29th.
So...why the extra day?
It was the
Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the
man-made calendar year didn't always match up.
it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel
around the Sun 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds,
to be exact.
as hours have accumulated over the centures, an extra day was occasionally
added to the calendar, and over time the practice became more
or less official.
The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a
more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th
century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations
to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.
all this intricate plotting will continue to keep us in tune with
the seasons over the next several thousand years.
Leap Day 2020
Leap Day deal:
A dozen for $2.29
Watch for Leap Day to suddenly appear on the radar of marketers and advertisers who will, as usual, jump on the Leap Year bandwagon by offering Leap Day sales and specials.
Because the big day arrives on the 29th, look for 29% off clothing, electronics, and even airfare and hotel room packages on the big day.
The last leap year in 2016, for example, saw Ikea offering 29% off 229 products in their catalogue. Other deals included a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts for only $2.29, and a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza to carryout customers with IDs showing they were born on leap day.
Born on a leap day?
Leap Day babies: Antonio
Sabato Jr. and rapper Ja Rule.
You are known as a "leapling".
to astrologers, you were born under the sign of Pisces
on February 29. Owing to the unique day on which you arrived into the world, like other leap day babies you are more apt to go your own way and exhibit an independent and optimistic spirit.
While they have to wait every four years to "officially" observe their
year babies typically choose either February 28 or March 1
to celebrate in years that aren't leap years.
Some famous people born on February 29
Born 1976 - Ja Rule, rapper
Born 1972 - Anthonio Sabato Jr., model & actor
Born 1916 - Dinah Shore, singer
Born 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, bandleader.
Born 1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera composer
Leap Day traditions - no man is safe!
day helped official timekeepers, it also resulted in social customs
turned upside down when February 29 became a "no man's land"
without legal jurisdiction.
As the story
goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap
years began in 5th century Ireland, when St.
Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to
wait for men to propose. Patrick finally relented and set
February 29 aside as the day set aside allowing women the right
to ask for a man's hand in marriage.
continued in Scotland,
when Queen Margaret declared in 1288 that on February 29 a woman
had the right to pop the question to any man she fancied. Menfolk
who refused were faced with a fine in the form of a kiss, a silk
dress, or a pair of gloves given to the rejected lady fair.
modern American tradition, Sadie
Hawkins Day, honors "the homeliest gal in the hills"
created by Al Capp in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner. In the famous
story line, Sadie and every other woman in town were allowed on
that day to pursue and catch the most eligible bachelors in Dogpatch.
the comic strip placed Sadie Hawkins Day in November, today it
has become almost synonymous with February 29.
Leap year on stage & screen
The day also
plays a pivotal role in the fictional The
Pirates of Penzance, the most famous Gilbert & Sullivan
comic opera that was later translated to Broadway and the silver screen.
In the story,
the hero Frederic realizes his apprenticeship binds him until
his 21st birthday, but since his birthday falls on February 29
it means that technically he is only a young lad - and won't reach
his 21st birthday until he is in his eighties!
A leap year poem to remember it by
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.
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