A Toast To Leap Year
If you had an extra 24 hours, what would you do with it? Well, today you get that opportunity to find out – it’s February 29, Leap Day! Because the Earth doesn’t orbit around the sun in exactly 365 days, every four years we get this extra day to “catch up” you could say.
Some people view Leap Day as a chance to make something special happen – in many countries it was the only day women were allowed to ask men to marry them. Times have changed obviously, but the sentiment to make this extra day count hasn’t.
The Spanish proverb, “A great leap gives a great shake” is very apropos. Here are some other well-known quotes with the word “leap” in them – see how often you can use them today and if anyone notices:
- Take a leap of Faith
- One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
- Look before you leap
And a few fun facts about Leap Year to share with friends:
1. Britain and the American colonies adopted Leap Year in 1752, though Spain and other European countries had been observing it since 1582.
2. People born on Leap Day are called leaplings.
3. The chances of being born on a leap day are approximately 1 in 1500, and there is an Honor Society of Leap Day Babies.
I think it’s another good excuse to raise a glass of wine and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family. What will you do with your extra day?
Yahoo! – Fun Facts for Leap Day Babies