Happy Leap Day!

  • February 29, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
With today being February 29, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Leap Day!   Since today's date only occurs every four years I thought it was worth a mention.  Ok, how does Leap Year happen?  Well we all know that there are 365 days in a year, but what I bet you didn't know is that for the earth to make a complete revolution around the sun it takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours.  Therefore, every four years an extra 24 hours has accumulated making it so that one extra day is added to that calendar to keep the count coordinated with the sun's apparent position.  Pretty wild huh? Here's some more fun facts about Leap Year:
  • it occurs in years evenly divisible by four
  • a person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling"
  • a year that is not a leap year is called a common year
  • the Egyptians were the first to come up with the idea of adding a leap day once every four years
  • the Romans became the first to designate February 29 as the leap day
So there you have it!  Just a little "fyi" on Leap Day that you can think about for the next four years!