Since 2012 is a leap year we have an extra day this year, February 29th. Therefore, I was curious about learning more about the day and it's origin. Below is what I have found through a very extensive research process (about 2 minutes on the internet ...haha). Hopefully, you will learn something new and make the extra 24 hours this year memorable!
Leap Year definition according to urbandicitionary.com
(n.) A year where Febuary has 29 days. This is because the earth actually takes 365.24 days to orbit the sun completely. This figure is rounded to 365.25, so after four years, we have to add an extra day. However, since it is actually a little less than a whole day, every 100 years we will be a day ahead. There are 10 leap years in 100 years, and hence, we must miss one of these years. This was last done in 1900, and shall next be done in 2100, hence, it is unlikely many of us will live to see the next one, unless this definitions is still here (along with urbandictionary of course!) in many years' time.
Leap Year Superstition
-In Scotland it is thought unlucky to be born on a Leap Year's Day. http://www.projectbritain.com/year/leapyear.htm
-There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year.
- According to astrologers, those born under the sign of Pisces on February 29 have unusual traits and personalities reflecting their special status.
- February 2008 had five Fridays, and the next year that this will happen is 2036.
- The longest time between two leap years is 8 years. Last time was between 1896 and 1904. The next time will be between 2096 and 2104.