Happy Leap Day! This special day comes only once every four years so it’s time to celebrate. How do you plan to spend your whole extra day this year? To make sure your most interesting leap dayer around here are some fun facts for the water cooler.

Leap years exist in order to keep the calendar in sink with the rotation of the Earth. The time it takes for the Earth to rotate around the Sun is 365.242199 days. But as you know, our calendar only keeps track of 365 days. That’s why we have leap years, if we didn’t add a day every four years we would lose six hours from our calendar every year. Whoa!

To make things even more interesting: years that are divisible by 100 aren’t leap years UNLESS they are also divisible by 400. So the year 2000 was a leap year but the year 1900 wasn’t.

The Chinese calendar adds an extra month to a leap year because they follow a different system.
It used to be tradition that women were allowed to propose only on leap years. Legend has it that Queen Margaret of Scotland ordered fines to men who refused proposals. They were to give a pair of leather gloves, a single rose and a kiss to the denied lady. Queen Margaret didn’t have to worry about being denied though…she was only five when she created the rule!

In Greece marrying during a leap year is considered bad luck.

The chance of a person being born on a Leap Day is 1 in 1,461. If you’re born on a Leap Day you’re considered a leapling.

Mrs. Karin Henriksen of Norway had 3 children on consecutive Leap Days: 1960, 1964 and 1968. That’s a lot of leapling birthdays to celebrate!

Hoping you have a happy and fun Leap Day this year!