Leap Year and Leap Day Fun Facts

Dated: February 29 2012

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My young daughter came home from school today with "very important" information.  She said "Mom, sit down so I can explain to you why we have leap year....in case you don't know."  Intrigued and seeing how excited she was to explain, I sat down.   She proceeded to show me some notes she had and I received a full education about leap year and why we have February 29th...."not just here in New City, but everywhere, mom" was explained to me.

So in the end, we decided, why not write a blog and share some of the fun facts with everyone else?

--it takes the earth 365.242 days to revolve around the sun.  That is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to be exact.

--we cannot add that extra quarter day to every year without totally messing up schedules, alarm clocks, pretty much everything... 

--So, we put those quarter days together and get one extra full day every four years.

--Leap year has 366 days.  So, February 29th occurs only one time every 1,461 days.

--Since a year is just under 365 days and 6 hours, we would get ahead of ourselves if there was leap year every century year. So, to fix this, only century years divisible by four hundred are Leap Years.  Cool, right?

--My daughter also let me know that anyone born on Leap Day would still age the same as everyone else, even though they don't get an actual birthday every year....cute.... I thank my daughter for lettting me know this fact....I was about to get really jealous of these folks!

--Her favorite part of all this is that the Leap year babies get to choose their "birthday"... February 28th or March 1st? Tough choice, we went with March 1st, if we had to choose.

I wonder what fun facts I'll learn tomorrow....?

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Mary Lovera

For 21 years, I’ve happily worked in the Real Estate industry. Prior to this, I was a schoolteacher. And before that, I grew up in a family business, lived internationally, and worked with people of....

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