Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day - Your Extra Day!

Some things you may not know about February 29:

  • February 29 doesn't come around every year.  It takes the Earth 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun.  Every 4 years, that 1/4 equals a whole extra day, turning into February 29! 
  • It was the early Romans who designated February 29 as leap day. 
  • A calculation for a Gregorian calendar was established in the 16th century to include leap day in years only divisible by 4. 
  • There is a tradition originating in 5th century Ireland of women proposing to men on leap year day
  • There was a law in Scotland forbidding a man to decline a February 29 proposal. 
  • People born on leap year day are called "leaplings". 
Is there some other leap year tidbit rolling around in your head?  Share it with us!

1 comment:

Sally said...

People born on February 29th, Have the curious character of aging at the same rate as SL avatars. ie someone that is 5 in SL often feels like they have aged 20 in RL. So Leaplings could also be known as SLeaplings.