Friday, February 24, 2012

Leap This Year

Did you know that 2012 is a Leap Year?


It has to do with keeping the calendar year and the astronomical year harmonious (ie, synchronized). 


 If you cannot remember whether a particular year is a "common" year or a "Leap Year,"  (and you are decent at math), just divide the year by four. If the result is a whole number, and not a fraction, it is a Leap Year. For example, 2012 divided by 4 = 53.

 

 One funny bit of folklore contends that these extra-day years are the only times where women could propose to men. It was known as "The Ladies' Privilege."


 When I was a kid, I knew a boy whose birthday was on February 29th. We thought it was so hilarious that when we were 12, he was only 3 (ha-ha, right?). 


There is a cute term for those born on the 29th of February...
LEAPLINGS! 

3 comments:

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Informative post and whimsical as well ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Your blog is so interesting and entertaining! Happy leap year!

Erin O'Riordan said...

What a charming post!