February 29, 2016 – It’s A Leap Year!

LeapYearEvery four years we add a day in February to keep our calendar in sync. Here are some fun facts about this special day:

Anthony, Texas
Anthony, Texas is a self-named Leap Year Capital of the World. Every leap year, the town celebrates with a birthday parade and festival! Read more information about this celebration from their Facebook page.

Income
If you have a fixed-annual wage, you are working for free on February 29th!

Frogs
The frog is a symbol of leap day.

Born on 2/29?
If you were born on February 29th you are called a leapling or leaper. About 4 million people have been born on this day with chances of 1 in 1,461.

Here is a link to some famous people born on February 29th. I wonder if they celebrate on February 28th or March 1st on off years?

Why the extra day?
The ancient Egyptians calculated a solar calendar with 365 days. However, a solar calendar is actually 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. Julius Caesar added the extra day every four years over 2,000 years ago.

 

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