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  • 7 Things You Might Not Know About Leap Day!

    Posted on February 29, 2012 by Kira Russell

    It's February 29th, and officially a LEAP DAY!
    So, here are 7 things you might not know about Leap Day...
    1) You've got a 1-in-1461 chance of being born on a leap day.  About four million people worldwide have a February 29th birthday.
    2) When do people with leap day birthdays celebrate it on non-leap years?  The general response is, "February 28th, March 1st, whatever they want." 
    However, it turns out February 29th birthdays are handled differently everywhere. In most U.S. states and places like the U.K. and Hong Kong, people with 2/29 birthdays don't hit legal milestones (drinking age, driving age, etc...) until March 1st. In places including China, Taiwan and New Zealand, February 28th is the legal birthday. So check with your local elected officials to find out.
    3) The formula for calculating which years do and don't have Leap Days is more complicated than you might realize. So one out of every four years is a Leap Year. That's true. Mostly...
    There's a Leap Day added every four years unless the year is perfectly divisible by 100, in which case there's no Leap Day. Unless the year is also perfectly divisible by 400, in which case the previous rule is nullified and there is a Leap Day. So 2000 had a February 29th because it was perfectly divisible by 400, while 2100 won't have one because it's only perfectly divisible by 100.  That probably just confused you more, right?!
    4) Most of us won't ever see a Leap Day skipped in our lifetimes. The last time a Leap Day was skipped was in February of 1900. The next time will be in February of 2100.
    5) Because of the Leap Day, you may have to work on New Year's Eve this year. Leap Years are the only years where January 1st and December 31st are on different days of the week -- every other year they're on the same day.
    That means December 31st will be on a Monday, not a Sunday. Which means you may have to go in to work that day, then leave so you can go out for a night that will be even more disappointing than the average New Year's.
    6) February 29th is the one day where women are traditionally expected to propose to men. This actually is an Old Country (who knows which Old Country) tradition. And if the man turns you down, he's supposed to give you cash or...


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