What’s Up With Leap Day Anyway?
According to an article from The Telegraph online, “a leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar.” In other words, leap seconds and leap years are added in order to keep our clocks and calendars in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
However, every four years is not exactly true every time (beware – math ahead). The leap day actually occurs each year that is true for this calculation:
There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. Got it?
For a day that only comes around roughly every four years, it sure has a lot going on.
A favorite wedding date, the day for women to do the proposing, about 4,000 ton of frog legs consumed each year in France alone, and the main character in Pirates of Penzance was born on Leap Day in 1897 (played by Kevin Kline in the movie adaptation).
Check out who else is a “leapling” (A.K.A. born on a leap day):
- John Byrom – Romantic poet
- Pope Paul III – 16th Century pontiff
- George Bridgetower – 19th Century musician
- Ann Lee – leader of the Shakers
- Gioacchino Rossini – Italian composer
- Charles Pritchard – British astronomer
- Sir Dave Brailsford – English cyclist and coach
- Tony Robbins – Motivational speaker
- Alan Richardson – composer
- Darren Ambrose – English footballer
- Ja Rule – rapper
So how should you celebrate Leap Day 2016?
You could join a movement – specifically the one to make February 29th a bank holiday. Too active for you? You can always just sit back, relax, and watch the movie Leap Year. Or you can start prepping some of your favorite Leap Day recipes.
For more info about Leap Day, read the full Telegraph article here and check out this infographic.
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