Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year!

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My whole life, I've always thought February 29th was the coolest day.

I you not love a day that only happens once every four years? I think the biggest fascination I had with the day was birthdays. When I was younger I really did think you only aged every four years, lol. As I got older, I thought it was way awesome that kids born on 2/29 could pretty much set their own birthdays during the non-leap years. Wanna celebrate in February this year? Okay, 2/28 it is. Want a March birthday this year? Okey dokey, 3/1 for the win. :D

As an adult, I still think it's fun to make a big deal out of the day. My boys played some math games revolving around the extra day (like figuring out how old they would be if they only aged on leap day, calculating how many leap days the average person sees in a lifetime, that kinda thing), and I loved googling some fun scientific and historical facts about the day with them.

Here are some facts that we learned this morning:
  • We would lose 6 hours every year, if we didn't have an extra day every four years.
  • Those leap year babies that fascinate me are called "leapers" or "leaplings."
  • Born on 2/29? There's an Honor Society of Leap Year Babies you can join. Launched in 1997, there are more than 10,000 members worldwide!
Pretty cool stuff. Anyone have any other nifty little bits of info about Leap Year to share? Chime in the comments below! :) 

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