Leap Year

Today is not just the day after February 28th. No, this year is a Leap Year, and that means today is a Leap Day!

Here below are three quick and interesting facts I thought you might want to share with your friends and co-workers in honor of this special occasion.

Top 3 Interesting Leap Year Facts

1. Leap Days occur in most years that are evenly divisible by four, such as 2008, 2012, and 2016. However, they do not occur in years that are evenly divisible by 100, unless the years are also evenly divisible by 400, like the years 1600 and 2000.

2. A person who is born on February 29th is called a “leapling” or a “leap year baby.”

3. In the British Isles, there is a tradition that says a woman may only propose marriage to a man during a Leap Year. In Greece, though, it is considered unlucky to marry during a Leap Year.

In addition to being a Leap Day, it is also 142 days before my next birthday. This is a pretty weak tie-in, but the picture above is of me jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to celebrate my birthday four years ago, which was also a Leap Year!

Do you know any more interesting Leap Year facts, or have any stronger tie to Leap Years than my “I went skydiving during a Leap Year” story? Tell us in a comment below!

Source: February 29