18 Facts About the Leap Year You Probably Didn’t Know


Everyone is aware that the leap year has an extra day, making the total count of days 366 for that year. This is done in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical, or seasonal year. The leap day is celebrated on the 29th of Feb, every four years. This is pretty much our extent of knowledge when it comes to leap years in general, this leap day let us learn a few fun facts about this special addition.

People born on this special day are referred to as “leapers” or “leaplings”

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The frog is a symbol associated with February 29. The Australian rocket frog can leap over two meters

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Today you are working for free if you’re on a fixed annual wage

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February 29 also marks Rare Disease Day

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Source: www.pkunsw.org.au

Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C.

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March 1 is considered as the legal date of birth for a leaper in Hong Kong, whereas, it is Feb 28th in New Zealand

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Astrologers have long believed that people born on 29th of Feb possess unusual talents and unique personalities, such as the ability to burp the alphabet or paint like Picasso

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Chances of a leap year birthday are 1 to 1,461, and there are more than 4 billion leapers in the world

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Anthony, Texas is the self- declared “Leap Year Capital of the World”

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There exists an Official Leap Day Cocktail

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A special leap day tradition in Ireland, dates back to the 5th century, in which women are encouraged to propose men on this day. Also, the man cannot refuse or has to pay the penalty if he decides to

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According to traditional Chinese, Hebrew, and Hindu calendars, an entire leap month is added instead of a single day

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Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy Club on February 29, 1960

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Greek couples believe that getting married on the leap day will bring them bad luck

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Russians too believe that the leap year brings along worrisome weather patterns and more of death

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In Taiwan, married daughters return home during the leap month as the lunar month is believed to bring bad health to parents

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Source: www.taipeitimes.com

The record for the most generations born on leap day is held by the Keogh family in Ireland, and UK

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Source: www.irishgatheringie.com

Karin Henriksen of Norway holds the world record for giving birth to the most children on consecutive leap days

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Let’s celebrate this leap day with the leapers, and a glass of leap day special cocktail. Cheers!


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