Leap Day Post

Today is 29th Feb, 2012, a leap day. I wanted to publish a post on this day as i will get this opportunity four years later.

Since this is a special day i would share some interesting facts about a leap year.

  • Earth takes 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds ( 365 days and 6 hours approx) – to circle once around the Sun. Since it is difficult to adjust these 6 hours every year,  an extra day was added every four years.
  • If this extra day is not added then our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days after only 100 years!
  • Since February is the shortest month, this extra day is added in February.
  • The year this extra day is added is known as a leap year and the extra day is known as leap day. All other years are called common years.
  • A leap year is divisible by 4 or divisible by both 100 and 400.
  • This Boolean expression i found on Wikipedia
    is_leap_year = ( year modulo 4 is 0 ) and ( ( year modulo 100 is not 0 ) or ( year modulo 400 is 0 ) )
  • The chance of being born on a leap day is often said to be one in 1,461. Four years is 1,460 days and adding one for the leap year you have 1,461. So, odds of 1/1,461. Babies born on 29 February are known as “leapers” or “leaplings”.
  • The leap is one of those days when a woman could propose and the man could not reject her. 😀 Funny right ! He would have to pay huge fine if he refused.
  • In Greece it is considered unlucky to marry on Leap Day, and even during a leap year.
  • In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day.

Sources – Various

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5 comments on “Leap Day Post

  1. Balu says:

    Interesting facts about Leap Year 🙂
    Yes, I heard about the Leap day proposal in irish tradition from the movie “Leap Year” :). Why don’t guys get a chance like this 😦
    And yes!! It’s unlucky to born on a leap day, because you will have to celebrate your birthday only once in four years 🙂

    Nice post on Leap Year!!

    • Jayati says:

      Thanks !
      Its just that guys can propose any day but the girl has the freedom to accept or reject 😀
      True, it would too sad to celebrate the b’day once in four years !

  2. Kam says:

    For me, leap years are years of review about how many leaps I have taken in my leaf in every four years and what changes occurred to me! I noticed it recently though! And, about the science stuff, I read them when I was very young and remembered very vaguely until I read this one. Thanks. 🙂

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