Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap day!

"Leap" in time is when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years, due to the rotation of the earth. A leap year has 366 days and it occurs every four years
But did you know….
  • In England and Wales, the date of the legal birthday for someone born on 29th February is 1st March
  • February 30th was a real date in Sweden, a Scandinavian country.
  • The town of Anthony in Texas, USA was known as ‘The Leap Year Capital of the World’.
  • In Scotland, it was considered unlucky to be born on a Leap Day.
  • Babies born on 29th February are known as Leaplings
  • In Greece it is considered unlucky to marry on a Leap Day.
  • Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar was said to be behind the origin of the Leap Year

Nursery poem-
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.

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